Lot 244 - Jennifer Wyse - Mermaid with Feiry Hair
Gouache on Paper
A6 (10X15CM) ORIGINAL ARTWORK
SIGNED ON VERSO
Jennifer was born in Windlesham, Surrey in 1963 and completed her Foundation course at WSCAD, Farnham in 1982. Subsequently she went on to Bristol Polytechnic where she graduated with a BA (Hons) Fine Art and History of Art in 1985.
After graduating from Bristol Polytechnic life then took its varied twists and turns and it is only recently, whilst living and working in Darlington, Co. Durham that she has been able to return to her passion for painting. Juggling with her family life and coping with the recent loss of her son after a long period of illness, she works from her studio in beautiful Teesdale.
BA(Hons) Fine Art and History of Art Bristol Polytechnic 1982 – 85
D31 Art Gallery Doncaster: 'Togetherness', 'Locked Down but Not Broken'
Fronteer Art Sheffield - 'Grow'
Jennifer has exhibited at several venues in the area including Kunsthuis Gallery, Ushaw College, Nunnington Hall, Queen's Hall Art Centre Hexham and The Witham Barnard Castle.
D31 Art Gallery 13 Scot Ln, Doncaster DN1 1EW
Fronteer Gallery 18 Exchange St, Sheffield City Centre, Sheffield S2 5TS
About the postcard artworks
The three postcards submitted are based around re-inventing the self after a loss or life changing experience, exploring the theme of sudden loss of identity. This is a subject close to my heart after losing my only child, who was 28, to a rare autoimmune disease affecting his bile ducts
In these pieces I am seeking to question who or what my role is, as in my case; my role of mother had been taken away. The transformative symbolism of the mermaid seemed to me to be a starting point for exploring this theme.
Recently I was speaking to a stroke victim who also described this loss of identity as they struggled to rebuild their life again. A new slate is both terrifying and a gift. This is very much an ongoing project.