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Jane Higginbottom

Biography About Recent work: Themes: Environmental Conditions, Survival (evolution), Plants (weeds and wildflowers, native and introduced),Time (duration, seasons), Place (the local). Aims and Objectives: By studying my allotment, and other local gardening projects, to build up a picture of small changes, over a period of time, and collate this information as material for artworks. By looking at studies in evolution and ecology, to think about change in the environment and examine this through the process of making art, using and comparing hand made and technological processes. Method and Process: I have been researching some of the experiments Charles Darwin made at Down House, his home in Kent, and have re-created his weed plot experiment in my own allotment. I have been photographing this daily for 4 months to build up a stop frame film and alongside this making weekly sets of sound recordings, whilst taking the photographs. I have also enlarged an image of the page of his notebook, about the weed plot experiment and am sewing around the words. By this repeated act of sewing around his writing I am aiming to connect with his thinking, ideas and the past. The line of stitches forms a pathway through the words. This has led me to thinking about ‘an aggregation of small effects’ (Richard Sennett – The Craftsman p.134) I am using a combination of hand crafted techniques including sewing, stop frame film and sound to make links in time. Darwin’s words can be heard and his experiments seen through the filter of twenty first century perception. This led me to the idea for my final MA show, a floor space covered in seed bombs, containing wild meadow seeds, which the public may take away. The sound piece playing alongside the seed bomb installation locates the work and ties in the Darwin experiment to the floor installation.

2013                       MA Fine Art, Camberwell/Chelsea

                               Hide Gallery, Swimming Against the Tide.

                               Espacio Gallery, Shoreditch, Piecework.

                               MA final show, Chelsea college, Millbank.

                               Our House Gallery, Coumbia Road - The Last Rasp

                               Interim Show - Chelsea College

                               Dulwich Festival 2013

                               SLWA - I’m Inside Ring The Bell (recreation of Judy Chicago dinner party)              

                               Tanner Street, London. 

2012                       Morgue - Chelsea college - group exhibition

                               Cookhouse - Chelsea college - group exhibition

                               Beaconsfield Gallery - Bend Over Shirley - pop up exhibition with  

                               Camberwell MA  

                               Hannah Barry Gallery, Peckham - pop up exhibition with Camberwell MA

                               Dulwich Festival


2011                        Dulwich Festival

                               Exchange Project with Queensland College of Art, Griffiths University,     


2010                        Dulwich Festival

                               Bankside - South London Women Artists exhibition

                               330 studios, South London - open studios

                               Dulwich Library - SLWA exhibition

2009                        Nature in Pieces - South London Mosaic Artists exhibition

                               Dartmouth Arms - painting exhibition -Pippa Graber as part of  

                               Sydenham Festival.                                 

                               Dulwich Festival.

                               Landscape and Art Network, Alan Baxter and Associates, Farringdon,                       


2008                        South London Women Artists - Launch at Dulwich Picture Gallery               

                               Art Dog second show with.

                               Pippa Graber, Art Dog as part of Dulwich festival.

2007                        Jenny Granger Gallery, Whitstable

                               Jeannie Avent Gallery, Northcross Road, Dulwich.

                               Morley Gallery, Air exhibition as part of Artybird course.

                               330 studios, South London - open studios

                               Pippa Graber, Art DogTwo person show as part of Dulwich festival.

2006                        Jeannie Avent Gallery, Northcross Road, Dulwich. One person show.

2005                        The Discerning Eye – Mall Galleries, London. Sculpture chosen by Sir       

                               Jonathan Miller and sold to a member of the ING group.

                               Open studios – St. James studios, South London.

                               Jill in the Green - The Whiterock theatre, Hastings.  

                               Is Drawing Boring - St. Mary in the Castle, Hastings.

                               (Have removed events before 2005)

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