Jess Heywood United Kingdom
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My practice revolves around the idea of labour intensity, often in a highly gendered context. I work mainly in mark making and textiles but also use writing to inform and underpin my practice.

My practice revolves around the idea of labour intensity, often in a highly gendered context. I work mainly in mark making and textiles but also use writing to inform and underpin my practice. As an artist, I employ rules based structures with which to work in, and part of the engagement with this, is working out where the rules can bend and break. This means that whilst my work is often extremely intensive and time consuming, I approach it with a humorous, mischievous angle. I feel very passionately that the art world is too hierarchical, unappealing and takes itself too seriously. It struggles to engage with people. Thus, a large part of my practice revolves around craft and women’s work, which is often seen in the domestic context and forced outside of the white cube space.

Artwork

This Nervous Condition, Crochet, 2016

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Response to John Piper, 2016

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Don't Burn Breakfast, 2017

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Request Blanket // Fear Blanket, 2018

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Creatures of Unknown Origin, Trapped in Time, Ink Drawing, 2018, £250

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For sale

Softer Landings, 2018

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Coral Trees, 2019

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The Heartless Hurt Less, 2018

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Projects and exhibitions

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Ruskin Degree Show

15/06/2018 — 21/06/2018

BFA Degree Show

Ruskin School of Art, Oxford Details

Interim

10/02/2017 — 12/02/2017

6 Artists at Ruskin School of Art responding to the college's private collection.

St Edmund Hall, Oxford Details

Ruskin Preliminaries

10/06/2016 — 16/06/2016

Exhibition for the Prelims Exam at Ruskin

Ruskin School of Art, Oxford Details

Yellow Wallpaper

11/11/2014 — 12/11/2014

A exhibition revolving around how women have dealt with (and continue to struggle and cope with) mental health issues.

Star and Shadow, Newcastle Details

Tenderfoot

14/06/2013 — 24/06/2018

Established in 2013, Tenderfoot is an annual exhibition by Chesterfield College alumni at APG Works in Sheffield.

APG Gallery, Sheffield Details
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Art writingDrawingInstallationSculptureSoundTextTextile
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AbstractEnvironmentExperimentalFeminismMemoryParticipatory