Jacqui Higgs

Website: https://www.jacquihiggs.co.uk

Email: jacquihiggs@yahoo.co.uk

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Blue Birds Collage

Windsurfers (Thurso)

Kipper Dog

Promenade (II)

Rockface Sandgreen

Structures


Statement

My practice is a continuation of drawings and paintings on paper; an observation of the ever-changing forms and surfaces of the North Sea - magnificent in its power and beauty - fleeting images of urban graffiti provide a contrasting background to some of the images.

I am presently working on small on-site drawings of the Portobello kilns and surrounding area which I am developing into larger scale paintings. The kilns currently stand in the midst of a construction site of new low-rise flats, and the engineering equipment which is present shall feature in some of the work.

My drawings and sketches begin outside and are developed into larger works in the studio, or left in their raw and primal state.

Biography

Over the past 2 years I have travelled northwards to make on-site drawings & research which I then use in my studio for larger and mixed media pieces. I am currently working with applied silkscreen under-layered into the images, and work to develop this with wood block printing and watercolour figuration. The process of excavating, exploring surfaces derived from sea, shorelines and places on the edge is at the forefront of my practice and is reflected in the title of the recently finished 2019 show in Edinburgh: 'Traces'.

These travels have invoked a deeper insight into issues surrounding climate change and societal complexities, often exploring the interconnectivity between human/animal relations; and within this context my destinations have become more adventurous. On the Faroe Isles, I met with residents and academics who spoke about the recent levels of tourism and how they are managing this (particularly towards a sustainable approach within the fishing and sheep industry)

In the Faroes, sheep are viewed not only in economic terms but treated with a certain level of reverence, i.e. sheep shelters are provided for them when the weather deteriorates. The motif of human and non-human interrelationships is frequently revisited in my work and working in inaccessible locations such as the Orkney Isles and the Faeroes is exciting and rewarding.

The fantastic backdrops of oceanic panoramas, fjords and sea stacks are key to an abstract way of painting in which I add elements of printmaking to the images.

I shall be showing some of the work in this years (2020) Festival Exhibition at St. Margaret's house in Edinburgh.

CV

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