C O M P L I C I T G E O G R A P H I E S
This exhibition, curated by Carol Brown, shows part of a body of work which Jeannette has created for an exhibition at the Innovation Centre, Exeter University in October 2015. This commemorates the bi-centenary of William ‘Strata” Smith who made the first soil map of England and Wales in 1815. She has the honour of being invited to show her work at this prestigious event . Her subject matter is inspired by the formal structures of blast furnaces smelters, and mining head gear. Her selection of mixed media panels, prints, photographs on this topic will be shown. She will also be showing her collections of mining detritus and mineral sand collections in small glass bottles which serve as materials for her pigments which she mixes herself. This is a preview of the forthcoming exhibition and book that will accompany it.
Her practice has, for nearly two decades, been centred on a visual interrogation of mining’s rich and contentious heritage world-wide. Her life on Africa’s West Coast alluvial diamond mining prospects with earth-scientists in the 1990s presented an entirely new way of looking at the earth. It also led to her using paint which she made from debris from mining such as titanium, slags, and other residue from 25 countries. countries. These metal elements are organised in ‘periodic tables’ and then incorporated into pastels and paint used in artworks to draw attention to the paradoxes inherent in mining and the industrial sublime.