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Jenny Smith

‘ … in a wobbly line we find the truth of pencil’
Roland Barthes, The Wisdom of Art

Jenny’s work invites us to question the definition of drawing. She repositions the handwritten and drawn mark in a contemporary digital perspective, creating work that is an investigation into the relationship between time, memory and place. Jenny currently works in the medium of drawing, print, artist book and film. Recent large scale, site specific, socially engaged work involves asking the same question to a number of people, whose handwritten answers form the basis of the finished laser cut artwork. Each piece is accompanied by a limited edition artist book that credits all participants and contains all answers in typed format.

BA Hons First Class Drawing and Painting, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee; MA Multi Disciplinary Print, UWE, Bristol. Jenny has won over 20 awards, including an RSA Award for Painting, and a Scottish Arts Council Research and Development Award. More recently: Intaglio Printmakers Award and Certificate of Honorary Merit at Amateras, Sofia, Bulgaria. Selected exhibitions: Royal Academy Summer Exhibition (2014, 2009); Shadow Drawings, Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh (2014); IMPACT 8, International Print Symposium (2013); 4th Sheffield International Artist’s Book Prize Exhibition (2013); 6th Kyoto Hanga International Print Exhibition (2012); Multiplied, Christies, London (2012); Watermarks, Cleveland, Ohio, USA (2012); Northern Print Biennale (2010); Drawing with Fire, ArtEZ Academy, The Netherlands (2010); Jerwood Drawing Prize (2009); RSA, SSA, RGI and VAS Annual Exhibitions (regularly 1993 – present). Jenny’s work is held in numerous collections nationally and internationally, including British Midland; Chhaap Printmaking Trust, India; Edinburgh City Libraries (Fine Art); Edinburgh College of Art – University of Edinburgh; National Galleries of Scotland; New Hall Art Collection, Cambridge; Royal Bank of Scotland; Scottish Amicable; and Tate Library.  She works from her studio at Bonnington Mill in Edinburgh and also runs courses at the Edinburgh Laser Cutting Studio.

Jenny is available for commissions.

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