Monday, 16 February 2015
A Worcester graduate whose work is currently on display at Coventry’s Herbert Museum and Art Gallery says that her time at the University helped her to be ‘more experimental and unafraid of outcomes’.
21 year-old Jade Blackstock, from Birmingham, is one of three Worcester graduates to have been selected to take part in the prestigious New Art West Midlands 2015 exhibition, which will showcase the work of 30 of the region’s most promising emerging artists in four venues over the coming months.
All the artists involved are graduates from Art courses at one of five Midlands universities; Jade completed her Fine Art and Psychology studies just last year.
Of her documented performance piece ‘In, In, In’ which will be exhibited between February 14 and May 31, she says: “The work explores the impossibility of being in whiteness, as well as the role of the performer's body and specific objects, in creating moments of movement within stillness.
“The work inevitably touches upon ideas of objectivity, race and social construction.”
She says that her time at Worcester helped her to develop her ideas and individual style: “My main area of interest is attempting to achieve unattainable goals through the use of materials - such as making a man out of bread and wine - which ultimately produce failures, but ones which hold a poetic imagery.
“I do this by creating specific objects and incorporating them into performance.”
“Being at the University of Worcester definitely helped me to branch out with my ideas - to be more experimental and unafraid of outcomes. The lecturers were extremely supportive, which also helped.”
Inclusion in New Art West Midlands represents a huge milestone in Jade’s fledgling career. Last year’s exhibition attracted 100,000 visitors across all venues, and previous participants have gone on to enjoy great success.
Jade continues: “I'm very excited to be involved in such an exciting and public exhibition. It not only provides a huge audience who could potentially see the work, but it's enabled me to see a career in the art field as a viable option. It is a nice continuation from an undergraduate degree.”
To view more of Jade’s work, visit https://m.flickr.com/#/photos/jadeblackstock/. New Art West Midlands is a Turning Point West Midlands initiative, and is currently being showcased at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Barber Institute of Fine Arts and Coventry’s Herbert Art Gallery and Museum. For further details on the various exhibitions, visit newartwestmidlands.org.