Jeannie Driver

Jeannie's work is drawn from an interest in materials and shifting notions of value and perception. The work appears tactile, and begs to be sensed, touched and experienced.

Jeannie's series of wall based paper works, are created from waste documents and publicity leaflets. The works expand on ideas of perception and two sides of the page referencing non static viewpoints. These works sit between abstract and representational. The material is reduced and disconnected whilst maintaining references to its original history.  Individual shreds become multiples, individually selected and reassembled, as brush strokes on a painting. These works are reformed knowledge where subtracted values bind, restrict and protect.

Jeannie's current series of work, 'Lifting the Drawing off the Page' extends on ideas of perception and creates ambiguities and where vision becomes the subject. The perception of the drawing alters when viewing the work from multiple positions.

The works are reinterpreted from sketches originally made for  imagined large-scale voluminous installations. In this series of works, the gallery wall becomes the page, or 'support'.

Charcoaled paper, wooden forms, and spikes create sculptural drawings that utilise one or two planes of the gallery space. Wood spikes forming the spine of the drawing are inserted into the gallery wall, charcoaled paper strips are hung on selected spikes. These ‘lines’ initially appear uniform but on greater inspection variations and imperfections become evident, as the charcoal lumps can cling, or resist in areas. Each strip or ‘line’ falls uniquely from its anchor point.

Influenced by reductive drawings, systems and process current developments are focusing on drawings by Josef Albers, and British Constructivist artists. (specifically works in the British Constructivism: The Catherine Petitgas Collection, exhibition at Pallent House gallery.)

This series of work combines Jeannie's interest in the cyclical nature and re-appropriation of material, specifically paper > ash > charcoal, and a return to drawing with a new set of rules, systems, materials and measurements.

Jeannie has undertaken many residencies and award winning projects, receiving national attention. She has presented four solo shows since 2007 in London and the South of the UK and her works have been included in numerous group shows, most recently the Preparing the Site exhibition at Bank Gallery, Whitechapel. Jeannie's work has also been included in group shows at the Woolff Gallery, London.
Jeannie holds a MA with Distinction and a 1st class BA in Fine Art from University of Portsmouth.

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