Jennifer Roberts was born in Keighley, England in 1979. She studied BA Fine Art Painting at University of Brighton 1998-2001 and MA Fine Art at Chelsea College of Arts 2015-2017.
Through material and form she explores the real and perceived boundaries of the body, the home and its objects, and the physical and psychological spaces we inhabit.
Inhabitation of homes and bodies implies their boundaries, and also the permeability and mutability of these boundaries, alive with the grotesque and the surreal. Jennifer’s work employs the manipulation and abstraction of the representation of the human body, and explores how this ambiguity can be disturbing. This disorder can be paralleled in terms of the home in the imagined or visualised ‘surreal house’ and its rooms and objects, where the familiar becomes unfamiliar.
“I feel there is an increasing relevance to make sense of our materiality as life becomes increasingly digital. I am exploring how we relate to and feel about matter, and our attachment to it in relation to our devotion to others and otherness, and to our own sense of mortality.”
Housed in the Small House Gallery One, an installation will explore the inhabitation of the domestic environment and the inhabitation of our bodies in relation to the pandemic experience.
Hungry Slide collection of Ashcroft’s ideas expressed as “humorous drawings with captions. Imaginative flights of distraction noted down on [her] phone hastily, or scribbled on bits of paper now screwed up and dancing grungily at the bottom of a rucksack. Bits of mental jigsaw rediscovered and gathered together oddly, luxuriating in the freedom of incoherence and the satisfaction of mind-flipping observations.”
If you know Louise Ashcroft’s work, you already know you’re in for a treat. If you don’t know it yet, you’ll have to take our word for it. Meantime: https://www.louiseashcroft.org/
August 2022: Gone Fishin’!
We probably won’t do a Summer Open in 2022. We might simply take a holiday, and the following year make preparations for:
The Big Small Summer Biennial (?)
(or maybe we wait til 2024 and call it a Triennial!)
(At the very least the requirements to make it work are: 1) funding, 2) a dedicated exhibition space for all the houses to be shown together in a single location, which can be open to visits from the public, and 3) a team of dedicated paid staff to share the work load with the curator.)
September 2022: Karen Piddington
Excited to be able to announce that Karen Piddington is going to have a Small House show in September 2022. It may or may not involve film and/or drawings. Details to be firmed up closer to the time.
Check out her stuff on:
October 2022: Barbara Beyer
So incredibly pleased that Barbara Beyer is up for making a show for one (or more?) of the Small Houses in the Autumn of next year. (Dates TBC)
See her work here: