Jackie Partridge graduated in 2015 with her Honours Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing and her Honours Bachelor of Education specializing in the intermediate and senior level at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, ON. She is currently pursuing her Master of Fine arts in the Fibres and Material Practices Program at Concordia University in Montreal, QC.
Coming from a small town and a family heritage of farming, I have visually seen the land developing over time. I have seen and felt both the impacts of climate change and urbanization within my community.
As a mixed media artist I am interested in expressing the rural landscape in an abstract and poetic way through drawings and installations. Through the transformation ofTransforming often every day items like jeans and maps;; cuttingcutting, twisting, soaking, tearing become performed repeated actions to the objects. The process of the work becomes important in communicating the transformation of the land. I play with the relationship of what is fragile versus what is strong in material choices. The landscape remains delicate due to human impact yet strong for the life growing on it. How can we better protect the land we care about?
Everyday objects in our lives are embedded with meaning and filled with memories of a past life left behind. What happens when the function is stripped away from something? Is it still the same object, or does it morph and hold a new identity? I wished time would slow down. When you linger, moments of unexpected can happen. I begin to notice things, to see changes even within a small patch of grass. When I’m outside I can stop and appreciate the small details and make comparisons to what was. I can hang onto moments through both photographs and memory.
My work embodies a sense of time and many projects imply a sense of infinity. Time relates to an infinite series of alterations in an environment that make up our daily existence. The landscape itself acts as an archive retaining all changes it faces.