Slaithwaite artist Jenny Parkin to exhibit at Leeds College of Art
Jun 12 2009 by Katie Campling, Huddersfield Daily Examiner
HUDDERSFIELD artist Jenny Parkin has been trawling the town’s charity shops.
But she hasn’t been hunting a bargain – she was searching for materials to form part of an exciting new art show at Leeds College of Art.
Slaithwaite-based Jenny rescued nearly 100 unwanted figurines and recommissioned them for a three-part sculpture about possessions and their past lives.
Jenny says: “These little ornaments are interesting because they’ve all been bought for a treat or a souvenir, admired and looked after, or given as gifts.
“Some of them have been around for decades. They’ve all got their own individual history, just like real people. Now I’ve recruited them for a brand new purpose.”
The ornaments have been dipped in recycled household paint, planted in expanding foam filler and nailed down to old Sunday school chairs for the piece called History Chairs.
The work is set to be featured in an exhibition called Ten at Leeds College Of Art, next month.
Jenny is a part-time fine art student at the college on Blenheim Walk.
Exhibiting alongside her will be Julie Bowland, Alison Button, Ken Fackrell, Venice Gent, Catharine Hilton, Chris Limb, Rebecca Norman and Yesim Tiryaki-Calvert.
Ten is billed as a ‘rigorous, riotous exploration of method and material.’
Highlights of the exhibition will include Hebden Bridge artist Rebecca Norman’s ‘performance craft’ created on trains and in waiting rooms, Julie Bowland’s unsettling reimagining of a Ladybird fairytale and lights and lasers from Venice Gent.
Together, the artists in the show are among the cream of up-and-coming contemporary art talent from the forward-thinking college.
Ten opens on July 3 and runs until July 31 with a private viewing on July 2 from 5.30pm to 8.30pm.
It follows shows from the likes of Peter Blake and Damien Hirst in the acclaimed exhibition space.
Alison Button, show co-ordinator, said: “We’ve made it our business to be bold and different. We haven’t just politely pushed boundaries, we’re gleefully shoving them or ignoring them all together.
“We’ve all been back to the drawing board, literally and metaphorically, to really pull apart what we do and how we do it. The results are pretty startling.”
For more information, go to www.ten-art.co.uk
You can also see Jenny’s work at Holmfirth Artweek from July 5 to 11 at Holmfirth Civic Hall and Holmfirth Methodist Church.