Liverpool, L1 3BX
2020 - 10th January 2021
For her solo exhibition
at Bluecoat, Assembled Worlds, Liverpool based artist Josie Jenkins presents
a number of paintings which have been made in her studio at Arena Studios
over the last three years, alongside more recent work made at home during
the Covid-19 pandemic.
Josie Jenkins uses large scale paintings to re-imagine the world we live in.
Her exteriors borrow scenery from romantic painters like Thomas
Cole, the 19th century American painter known for his epic landscape and history
paintings. Jenkins pairs the foreboding grandeur of these landscapes with
elements of the everyday such as plastic barrier fencing and clusters of discarded
furniture. Her canvases are layered with unruly objects that disobey context
and scale. In one painting, Jenkins has blown childrens building blocks
to the scale of a neo-classical ruin and landed them onto a sprawling plane
before a mountain range.
Her interiors take a similar approach to composition, creating
an invented scene from borrowed objects and backdrops. Through painting, Jenkins
is able to wrestle the chaotic world around her into some kind of order. She
uses painting as a virtual space in which she can place things into the world,
move them around, and play with scale.