2015 Elected as a Royal Academician 1975-1978 Royal College of Art, MA 1971-1975 St Martins School of Art, BA
Vanessa Jackson is well known for her bold colourful paintings, prints and wall installations. “Geometry gave me the sense that one could construct without referencing the appearance of the world; offering a structure in which to manifest experience. Representing experience through the slow manipulation of geometry is both a recognition of the formal histories of painting whilst incorporating the familiarity of its language.”
True to her signature style, with Flip, her contribution to Cure3, Vanessa Jackson blurs the boundaries between the artwork and its container, playfully warping our sense of perception. The work resists our tendency to access an artwork rationally as a whole. In a sense it plays with the viewer as the suspended composition of colours and shapes shift depending on where you are standing. The artist manages to imbue the work with apparent movement and lightness. This colourful crossover between painting and sculpture could be viewed as a reminder that our tendency to label or categorise is often an obstacle to fully understanding what we are looking at.