Ones to Watch: Interview with Jade Connolly

Find out more about Jade's work in our artist interview!

June 6th, 2020

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YOUR FULL NAME, AND UNIVERSITY COURSE/YEAR.

Jade Connolly, I’m from Leeds Arts University and I’m in my third and final year of my Fine Art degree.

CAN YOU DESCRIBE YOUR WORK TO US IN 3 WORDS?

Quiet, Eerie and Uncanny.

WHAT MEDIUM DO YOU PREFER TO USE?

Oil paint every time.

WHAT IS THE INSPIRATION BEHIND YOUR WORK?

Interiors of homes. At the moment the spaces I choose to paint are all homes which I have lived, played and grown up in. My paintings represent real spaces, however they are one step removed. I don’t want these spaces to be inert, I want the viewer to feel as if they can move from one room to another. My paintings aim to have a psychological charge and they make the onlooker feel lonely, empty or intrigued. I have recently become interested in spaces which I’ve not lived in and I’ve started looking more at found images of homes.

WHAT IS YOUR MOST IMPORTANT ARTIST TOOL? IS THERE SOMETHING YOU CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT IN YOUR STUDIO?

Schmincke Mussini Oil paint in Mineral Black.

DURING THIS UNCERTAIN TIME WHAT WILL YOU DO TO OCCUPY YOURSELF?

I’m not really sure, something different every day probably. I’ve always wanted to go to the Rijksmuseum, but I doubt I’ll be able to get there in person for a while. I found a Google Arts and Culture virtual tour round the museum which operates just like Google Maps, so I’ve been round it virtually in the last couple of hours.

WHICH ARTISTS ARE YOU MOST INFLUENCED BY?

Johannes Vermeer and Paul Winstanley.

PLANS FOR THE FUTURE?

Hopefully, to get my own studio and start exhibiting my art. Ideally I want to start off in Yorkshire and the North West.

ANY BOOKS/ FILMS/TV SERIES THAT YOU’D RECOMMEND FOR ANYONE INTERESTED IN ART?

In terms of books I’d say ‘Ways of Curating’ by Hans Ulrich Obrist is a good one. Series would have to be ‘Abstract’ on netflix.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE INSTAGRAM ACCOUNTS?

Probably @chelsea_gustafsson , @tomasharker and @blcksmth

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