Jenny Pope is an artist and also a life coach, with a background in mental health work, and these experiences significantly affect her visual language.
She has a fascination with the inescapable changes that happen in our internal lives and also externally in the natural environment. She uses beachcombing and collecting discarded objects as both a meditative activity and practical taxonomy of found relics. Through links between archeology and taxonomy she examines the intuitive/primitive use of found objects as contemporary worry beads, tools or talismans.
She produces a range of work from small delicate objects to large-scale sculptural pieces. At the core of her practice is experimentation with the limits and possibilities of materials such as porcelain, ink, felt, textiles and paper. Recent research has led towards the edge of textiles, creating personal sculptural spaces in response to the tension between comfortable containment and restraint.
Currently she is creating a collection of tools using old objects exploring psychological change, combining different components to layer the past functions and specific applications to create a non linear narrative, to capture the intangible way in which we make decisions, inform changes and how our minds deal with uncertainty.
Jenny Pope has a studio at WASPS in Albion Road, Edinburgh. She trained at Edinburgh College of Art, gaining a BA in Ceramics and then graduating in 2005 with an MA in Sculpture. She uses a broad range of materials to explore the inescapable changes that happen in our internal lives and also externally in the natural environment.
She exhibits mainly in the UK and has won professional development awards. She regularly exhibits with SSA and VAS, where she is a professional member. She has recently been elected to the Royal British Society of Sculptors, in London. She is currently working on a Creative Scotland funded residency with Art Walk Projects, and towards exhibitions with 2 other artists about ’Tools for Survival’.
She divides her time between practicing artist and mental health and wellbeing work and is currently a Life Coach.
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