Melanie Jackson: Artist Talk
Time 18.30 – 19.30
Location Devers Room, The Holmes, Stoke Park Road, Stoke Bishop, Bristol, BS9 1JG (within grounds of Bristol’s Botanic Garden)
Melanie Jackson, The Urpflanze (Part 2) (2013). Courtesy of the artist.
Melanie Jackson has recently been appointed Artist in Residence at the University of Bristol’s Stoke Bishop site. The site is home to the Bristol’s Botanic Gardens and the University’s Halls of Residence and Plant Sciences Department where Melanie Jackson will base her work.
As an artist with a wide practice whose work includes sculpture, moving image and the printed word, Melanie will talk about past influences and some of the themes she intends to explore during her residency. Her current exhibition ‘The Urpflanze’ is showing at the John Hansard Gallery, Southampton and takes as it’s starting point Goethe’s notion of the ‘primal plant’, exploring the Botanical Garden as a starting point for thinking about form and the generation and ownership of knowledge. She has exhibited internationally and is a lecturer at the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL.
This residency forms part of a public art programme for the University of Bristol’s Stoke Bishop campus developed by Field Art Projects to make both physical and social connections to the built and natural environments, to develop greater use of the public areas and to work with departments across the University.
Melanie Jackson is an artist whose practice includes a mixture of sculpture, installation, drawing, moving image and printed matter. Her interest focuses on the ways that objects influence how we experience the world, socialize and empower us, or render us insubstantial. Most recently her focus has been on exploring plants and the Botanical Garden as a starting point for thinking about form and the generation and ownership of knowledge. Her most recent exhibition, The Ur-pflanze takes its lead from Goethe’s notion of the ‘primal plant’ that has the potential within itself to generate all possible future forms. She has exhibited internationally and is a Lecturer at the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL.