BARELY THERE is a play on the word, bare, being nude; the brevity of the pose, barely being held for any length of time, and the relatively short time one has the bloom of youth. The drawings celebrate the female form.
Stripping back the line, Jill is concerned with how little information is needed to portray a figure or a face. Her drawings are minimal and essential, reducing the line to leave the viewer to find the substance of the pose. Jill would have had two shows before Artweeks, both are postponed:
BARELY THERE 17 & 18th April at PremArts, Oppelnerstrasse, Berlin
THE GLYME LANE PROJECT 3rd April - 4th May at The Gallery, Chipping Norton Theatre.
In the meantime the OX Magazine has published an article on the human form and in particular, the exhibition that would have been shown in Chadlington. Myself with Myrica Jones, Maureen Thurburn and Bridget Tennent, at a new venue in the village. You can read the article here:
As a young woman Jill was persuaded by her parents, not to attend Art School, so she dutifully trained as a primary school teacher, majoring in The Art of Movement. Fortunately, this initiated further training in Contemporary Dance and led to her lifelong fascination with the body. The feeling of those fleeting moments, dancing fully stretched, off the ground and in the air. The feeling of being fully alive.
She later got to Art School and gained her BA (Hons) Fine Art, as a mature student. Jill currently teaches drawing with Abingdon&Witney College. Jill is a member of the OX7 based Creative Network, CNarts. A number of artists 'exhibiting' for Artweeks are also members. You can find out more about CNarts and how to get involved at www.cnarts.org