Jackie’s work can be viewed in the Vulgar Earth exhibition 1st July – 13thAugust 2017

Jackie Yeomans has lived in Dorset for the last three years, having spent most of her life living in rural Herefordshire. Returning to exhibit in Vulgar Earth @ Canwood, Jackie has produced a new body of work with her rich pickings from the Dorset Coast.

Jackie has painted on paper with soils, clays & earth pigments, collected from the locality. She spends time exploring the coast, walking and feeling her way as she seeks colours to collect, as she becomes embodied by her surroundings; gleaning information of the earth’s time frame and movement, animal and human habitation and movement, and the relationship of land edge and sea movement. Her painting practice becomes a meditation, slowly translating the ancient layers, the lay of the land, pathways and folds. She incorporates the macro and micro, seeing patterns and landscapes within a fragment of stone. Within the process of life, death and entropy, each piece has its own evolution.

A selection of soils collected from 4 counties; Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Herefordshire. Soil is a living, visceral medium to work with; each soil has its own colour, texture and quality. Jackie thins the soils with water and a drop of linseed oil, which acts as a binder. She goes into a soil zone, considering its aspects: the millions of years of formation, the dynamic eco system, the gift of its life force energising the seed, her gratitude for abundance and her concern for the extensive decline of healthy soil, abused by industrial farming practices. She is a gardener of organic vegetables; her days are spent touching earth, the soil under her fingernails. This and her art practice, for Jackie, is holistic nurturing: soil is life. Each painting starts with an essence of an idea to which she allows the soil to bring itself to life. Each mark has to be considered as she moves along the paper, as that mark is the one, if it is painted over it becomes too dense and will fix less well. Dirt is related in a clean form as a blessing to good health!

Jackie is keen to promote awareness of where our food comes from and the soil and seed relationship, encouraging the idea of supporting local growers. Each single seed is a precious gift in its potential of life, growing your own food is possible for everyone, in small scale pot planting or larger scale garden growing. Sharing home grown produce is a delightful way to act within a community and saving seeds to pass on to others keeps the gift moving forward. This promotion has been enabled through hosting workshops in collaboration with Falmouth Art Gallery, situated within the Cultural Triangle of St. Ives, Penzance and Falmouth; there is a long standing community outreach program set up with a non-didactic ethos, encouraging art for all, a principle Jackie holds.

Nurturing nature and nurturing creativity are the essence of Jackie’s project and the ethos of her life and artistic practice. Encouraging the gift of creativity through making within a community field brings together people of all ages and abilities to produce a collaborative art piece.

For this project, Jackie says: we have taken a small, hold-in-the-hand, ball of clay, placed inside this earth vessel a chosen seed, and then formed a figure to be the protector of the seed. All participants have been willing and excited to be a part of a bigger picture and be given the opportunity to have their creation in a public exhibition. The Seed Community want to encourage planting, growing and saving seeds, these then can be passed on as gifts for others to do the same. Canwood has offered the Seed Guardians a resting place, for they will be given back to the land at the Gallery grounds and potentially become a riot of abundant vegetables and fruit!

5,000 migrants drowned in the Mediterranean last year (2016) whilst desperately seeking safe Home. Men, women and children of all ages and the death toll continues to rise as more wars, land grabbing, toxic pollution carries on; whatever the reasons given are, it is a devastating act on humanity. Have we lost our marbles!

An old farming technique known as pelleting, which coats seeds in clay before planting; it protects the seed from drowning in overly wet soil and acts as a slow release mechanism giving more strength to the roots.

Each marble has been made to honour each person who drowned. Inside the marble a Cosmos seed is harboured. They will be planted after the exhibition.

Jackie’s 6 year old granddaughter, Lola, assisted with the making of the marbles and knowing her mission was to make 100, to encourage herself she said, “So Nana, let me get this, each poor person who died will be turned into their own Cosmos, that’s making something very sad beautiful.” She honoured the lives and made 200!

Thank you to Richard Wilson Ceramics, West Bay, Dorset for the generous gift of clay. Thank you to Lola Mae Robinson, Cherry Baum, Freddie Miller, Karen Hughes and Mary Ragg for the making of many marbles.

I am a self taught artist working from my basement studio in the beautiful  South Wales Valleys.

My latest work is UV reactive fluid abstracts, which under uv light totally changes the painting. These paintings have hidden colours and details that you can’t see in normal light but are revealed in vivid 3D colour under ultra-violet light that draws you in to inspect the detail that is revealed.

This is my way of showing that you can’t always see the full picture in front of you, sometimes you have to look closer and in a different light to understand. The same is true of people I think. These are paintings that change with the light, and for me they are my therapy.