ESTABLISHED ARTIST Jessica Dartnall

Jessica Dartnall

“My paintings takes pattern and form from observed interactions between people and objects, representing a personal reflection of collective identities and the spaces they inhabit.”

Born 1999

BA (Hons) Fine Art

 BA (Hons) in Fine Art

Reflecting on personal, lived experiences and remembered encounters, my work explores an embodied and performative approach to painting as a ritual practice. Each painting takes pattern and form from observed interactions between people and objects, representing a personal reflection of collective identities and the spaces they inhabit. Ordinary everyday objects lose their identifiable qualities when translated into oil paint and instead become conceptual markers of space and social interaction.

Recognising how groups of people organise socially and routinely, these paintings consider how humans interact, overlap, touch, communicate, and explore boundaries between each other and the spaces they occupy. Initial reference points of familiar domestic settings are obscured systematically as the piece becomes increasingly about the application of paint than converting an idea to an image. The painting process produces an external visual language about the physical world but is progressively concerned with internal ideas of origin, constructed identity and habitat.