can never judge a book by its cover”
The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer, 1947
This body of work playfully questions the qualities, secret
ambitions and inner thoughts of those who choose to keep
their cards close to their chest. Using games, masks and
nursery rhymes, the artist focuses on the early years when
personality traits are developing. Imagery is deliberately
child-like where some characters appear more defined than
others. Sketchbook drawings and colour studies inform the
work, though the final pieces are painted from imagination.
of devices are used to tease and engage the viewer allowing
them to bring their own experiences and questions to the
work. This includes the use of masks to disguise/reveal
personality whilst props and symbolism also add to the mystery.
For example, ‘Not a Dormouse’ depicts a cha
+racter disguised as a mouse holding toys - a crow and a
brick with a picture of a fox on it. The viewer is invited
to question the role of each animal and associated trait.
Also, who is controlling who?
works are inspired by traditional rhymes which often have
roots in a darker past. For example ‘Here Comes the
Candle...’ refers to the nursery rhyme, ‘Oranges
and Lemons’ and the execution procession of debtors
and criminals through London. At first glance the work looks
colourful and vibrant, but the masks and games create ambiguity.
Again, this allows for different interpretations.
body of work can be viewed on many levels but the Jackie
hopes you will enjoy it primarily for the colour, painterly
qualities, playfulness and layered meanings.