Fine Art Embroidery Paintings
by Kelly Jenkins MA RCA
An abrupt moment in time, of energy and of chance are captured in the characteristics of what appears to be splattered paint. However look closer and this contradicts with the carefully and cunningly planned, labour intensive act of embroidery with which the paint has been created, juxtaposing notions of the intentional and accidental, the controlled and the spontaneous, the premeditated and the impulsive.
I enjoy playing with bold colour, linear forms and texture. The process of fast loose and spontaneous mark making combined with controlled and carefully executed acts of defacement with stitch. The layering of different mediums are key to my work, parts are hidden or revealed, pushed back or brought to the surface, they reflect the hidden and overlooked aspects of contemporary life, making way for the recognition of the precarious balance of society. Expressed through a dark and slightly anarchic sense of humour my work touches upon feminist issues and the fashionability of craft and textile art. These concerns are explored and translated through the use of stitching into oils and acrylics on canvas.
Defacing the painting with stitch, an activity normally perceived as a gentle, passive and even benign pastime, aims to elevate the embroidery as the dominant foreground force, pushing the traditionally painted composition to the submissive background; a power-shift visualization of the status and voice of female artists and textile art within the world of fine art.