Drawing is a fundamental part of Jenny Purrett’s practice. Using a variety of materials and processes she responds to the landscape in which she lives. As well making finely detailed drawings she also works with gunpowder, graphite powder, makes shotgun drawings, and uses a variety of printmaking techniques.
The prints showing at Robinson Gay are developed from notebook drawings she made whilst living and working in the Tarset area of Northumberland.
The smaller etchings use text as well as imagery from Jenny’s notebooks. “I used photo-etching techniques to develop a number of prints using drawings and text from my notebooks. There is so much information in these books: detailed drawings and notes taken whilst sitting outside in the open. I wanted to pare everything down to its essence and explore how to make text and image work together successfully.”
Jenny Purrett gained her MA in Fine Art at Bath University in 2008 and relocated to the North East after completing a year long artist in residence post with VARC (Visual Arts in Rural Communities) at Highgreen, Tarset. She has exhibited her work throughout the UK and currently holds an artist in residence post at Sunderland University.