ART DRIVEN BY ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS
By Ian Browne
Local artist Jacqueline Marks grew up in the north of England and immigrated to Australia 23 years ago. She is now a resident of Middle Pocket in Byron Shire. In the past few years Jacqueline has volunteered at the Mullumbimby museum, and she enjoys socialising around Brunswick Heads. She has exhibited in group and solo shows regionally. Her art practice extends across multiple disciplines where the dichotomies of ebb and flow is expressed within her art. Some works could be likened to a visual representation of music, both structurally and rhythmically.
Her experience in design has led her to experiment with a more varied form of arts practice, centring on creatively imagined landscapes – where she likes to go beyond boundaries, visiting the macro and micro, containing reference to deep space and cosmological interests – along with harmonies and ratios that connect physics, music and art. Jacqueline has practiced art in a variety of contexts, including fashion design in England, and furnishing design in Amsterdam. After moving to Australia, she was involved with fashion and theatrical productions in Adelaide. Jacqueline also engages in philosophical and metaphysical enquirers within her art works. Her work has been collected privately, and she has an ongoing commitment to her Arts practice
JacquelineMarks , “Living here I feel a sense of place and a strong connection with people and land. I obtained my Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts in the Northern Rivers in 2013, embracing the teachings and culture that surrounds this area, and I found an opening for my own experiences of past, present and even future ideas to be expressed within this field of practice. I get a great deal of enjoyment and satisfaction in my exploration of new ideas and the techniques within my creative practice. Structure and flow, and a combination of the two, have all immersed within my work, and is relevant to the subject matter I am painting at the time.”
Kellie O’ Dempsey described how, “Jacqui’s body of work, ‘Polar Extremes’ had its origins at a funeral she attended, where upon she heard Bach played live on the cello. Jaqui communicated how, “in that moment I suddenly wanted to paint the shape and colour of music.” A teacher of Jacqui’s, Hobie Porter, described her work ‘Polar Extremes’ as, “deceptively abstract, it is driven by environmental concerns such as the effects climate change is having on Arctic and Antarctic regions. When we know this, it seems obvious that her application of paint is not an excuse for chaos, but a set of carefully orchestrated outcomes that translate into glacial drifts and ice sheets. The dominance of Jacque’s icy blues is logical, for example. In this instance, the glass itself is a synonym for ice.”
Jacqueline has been published in various art magazines here and in the UK and was a selected finalist in a few local competitions in locations such as the Kirra Community and Cultural Centre. She has single and joint exhibitions each year. Jacqueline’s work also featured in ‘The Murwillumbah Art Trail’ on the 18th May this year, with a group called “somewhere else”. The title of her selected works is “Beyond Boundaries”.
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