My art work tests the boundaries of what is considered ‘art’ or ‘craft’ through the use of materials and processes not normally associated with fine art practice, such as hand knitting and social media. This tactic draws attention to the way preconceptions about gender, age and disability continue to have a profound affect on the critical reception and value given to an artist and their work.
I am a visual artist working with a variety of materials: wool, photography, video, text, and social media to draw and paint with, preferring to use simple readily available materials and processes to explore how we place value on creativity. Much of my art is playful with a serious intent: to test and resist the boundaries of what is valued and considered ‘art’ or ‘craft’ by strategically using materials and processes often considered low value or non-art. For example, I often use hand knitting to draw attention to the historically gendered associations of those materials and processes. Most recently I have been considering how preconceptions about gender, age and disability continue to have a profound affect on the critical reception and value given to an artist and their work.
This is an exciting time for me as an artist because in 2017 I successfully completed a PhD at Ulster University researching contemporary artists’ use of social media and the consequences on their studio practice. I also relocated my studio base from Rogue Studios in Manchester to Creative Exchange in East Belfast with the goal of establishing a postdoctoral studio practice based in Northern Ireland.
This activity has been supported by several generous and significant awards from The Department of Education & Learning in Northern Ireland; the Artists Career Enhancement Scheme (Arts Council Northern Ireland Lottery Funding); and StudioBook, (Mark Devereux Projects, Arts Council England, University of Salford & ArtWork Atelier, Salford). In 2017 I received an Individual Disabled/Deaf Artists Award and a Support for the Individual Artist General Award (Arts Council Northern Ireland Lottery Funding, and Arts & Disability Forum, Belfast) to support my current research and art making.
In the next twelve months I will continue to build on the valuable mentoring and feedback I received during this period, to transition from PhD candidate to early career researcher, making ambitious new work that will raise my visibility and reputation, thus contributing to my longer-term development as a professional artist with a disability.
Knitted painting, hand knit black and white wool, stretched on board 86 cm x86 cm, Shortlisted for the Blank Media Title Art Prize 2011
Chalk rainbow crossing under construction, North Street volunteers led by David Kerr from nearby First Presbyterian Church, Rosemary Street.
Solo show of knitted paintings by Jacqueline Wylie at ADF Belfast May 2016. Photograph by Paul Marshall
Concrete poems, lazer printed on paper, size A0. Shown in StudioBook, 5-11 March 2016 at ArtWork Atelier, Salford. Image from tweet by artist Sophie Lee @SophieMeganLee
Site specific installation of unravelled knitted wool commissioned for Ritual Bodies, at the Walker Art Gallery, as part of the Liverpool Biennial 2004
In October 2017 I moved into a new studio space at Creative Exchange in East Belfast. Exciting times ahead!
Supported by The National Lottery through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland
UPCOMING PROJECTS & NEWS
A year of living dangerously. My current, post doctoral research focuses on risk aversion, ethics and the performance of identity on social media. I am working on a series of constructed photographs and text art made in response to my interactions on social media dating sites.
These works are being developed for exhibition in 2017/18 with support from The National Lottery through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.
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