Jennie Jewitt-Harris

Time and Vision

31 October – 10 November 2018

Artist’s Talk 10 November at 12 noon. The audience will be invited to join the artist on a journey through the artworks, and to ask questions about her practice and research. 

Time and Vision is a continuation of Jennie Jewitt-Harris’ exploration of our relationship with time, connection with others and concerns about mortality. 

Her intricate drawings and collages express what influences us over time. The closer you get to them the more you find, with fragments of personal histories and childhood, from comics and maps to family photographs and newspaper clippings, intertwined to create imaginary narratives. Look closely and you’ll find a range of influences from Blue Peter to the Suffragettes.

Jennie has an MA in Fine Art from UCA, where she is currently researching for a PhD in Fine Art Practice, looking at the relationship we have with our eyes. Jennie draws from her history as a doctor, and some of her research artworks that are featured in this exhibition seek to understand why there is a common concern about donating corneas after death.  Jennie had two works selected for this year’s 250th Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2018, and has exhibited at a range of national venues. She also appeared with her artworks on Great British Railway Journeys during her residency at Watts Artists’ Village.

David Mach RA, on the selection committee for this year’s Summer Exhibition, spoke about her work

This is a clever artist… There’s a degree of control, a mastery of handling to the point of delicacy that holds her work together along with your attention. It’s no mistake her collages are not square or rectangular edged. They make their own sinewy forms, hanging as they grow it would appear but surely manipulated by her into shapes like organs, pieces that might all fit together and work as one. 

Is there a Frankenstein’s monster thing going on there? That’s perhaps too dark a description and doesn’t necessarily fit with the lightness and humour I also see in her work. It will be again be her own history in medicine coming forward and if that’s the case, Good! She’s using it well. I like the work a lot. Easy for me to admire how her pieces go together and easy for me to get excited about the next stages they’ll go through. I’m already looking forward to their next episode.”

Jennie combines her art practice with her role as a doctor, and as CEO of international charity Transplant Links.