Beachcoming and woodland walks petrified in porcelain.
Lampworked marbles and mark making with engraving techniques.
Summer days working in the woods and fields near the studio. An example of what I've been working on in the last few weeks.
The Customs House, South Shields
Working with individuals supported by Sight Service, Making Sense is a sensitive and personal exploration of the relationship that individuals with visual impairment have with their local environment. This installation captures an exchange of mark-making between the artist and the group.
Much of Jenny Purrett’s practice is focused on drawing as process. She makes work in response to her experience of her immediate environment. In this project, she has worked with a group of people who have progressive sight loss. Together they have explored ways to use drawing to communicate their own personal experiences of the South Shields coastline. The exhibition records the creative journey undertaken and shows both collaborative and individual drawings from the jewel-like to the enormous. The outcomes demonstrate that, despite fears and frustrations, we can still enjoy the drawing process and, if we continue to be prepared to take creative risks, we astound ourselves with what we can achieve
Two new pieces of work showcased at the Customs House as part of the Making Sense Project.
Washed Out 2016,
Pastel drawings of rock formations and beach debris on Japanese paper suspended from fish hooks.
Reworked pastel memory drawing on Japanese paper
Collaborative Lithograph with Lee Turner from Hole editions
Granary Gallery Residency, Berwick upon Tweed
'Where is the line?’ brings together works from Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (mima) which holds one of the most important collections of drawings in the North-East.
The exhibition focuses on artists who use drawing and mark making as a tool to document and interpret their immediate environment – both urban and rural, real, imaginary or somewhere in-between and includes works by Norman Cornish, William Tillyer, George Shaw, L.S Lowry and David Hepher amongst
Additionally the exhibition includes a drawing commission from Northumberland based artist Jenny Purrett and Middlesbrough based artist Annie O’Donnell, who have collaborated to create new work inspired by the
Looking into the history of gunpowder production in the Lake District, I have begun a series of gunpowder drawings mapping the relevant areas as well as small graphite sketches showing the remains of the industry in the landscape.
These were exhibited at "North" St Helens, Spring 2015
For more historical information, check out Gunpowder industry in Cumbria
A series of works on paper using the pigment in elder plants. Collecting, dissecting, ordering and recording was all part of the process. One of the works was selected for the Bryant Keeling Open Painting competition 2014.