Jennie Jewitt-Harris’ work explores the formation of visual memories, and how these can influence and shape us. She uses natural objects as metaphors for the passing of time and impact of experiences explored through a combination of collage, drawing, painting and stereo-photography.
Jennie has an PhD in Fine Art (UCA Farnham) and was Artist in Residence at Watts Gallery/Artists Village 2015. Jennie’s PhD research investigated the relationship we have with our eyes that results in many people refusing to donate their corneas after death. Jennie combines her art practice with her role as a doctor, as CEO of international charity Transplant Links.
Jennie recently had two artworks exhibited in the 2018 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. David Mach RA, on the selection committee for the 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 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.
David Mach RA