JENNIE SHARMAN-COX

BOXES OF CURIOSITY

 

JENNIE SHARMAN-COX

Found objects, antiques and collectables, with their own history, have always played an important part in my work as a way to heighten an emotional response or explore a theme. The use of shrine-like boxes, with their religious overtones, enables me to play out three dimensional stories, often from the female perspective. Influenced by what I see as the strictures of religious teachings, the frailty of our bodies and the pressures and anxieties of our secular society, I’m exploring our curious fascination with death, desire, love and loss, whilst drawing on historical references, figurative art, sacred imagery and mythology. A line of poetry or a piece of text can suggest a narrative, or sometimes the antique objects have their own tales to tell and I would then use my clay and textile skills to complete the scene, hopefully with some humour and always a little theatricality.

     

 

Jennie Sharman-Cox has had a varied artistic background. After training and working as a display artist in London’s Carnaby Street, she returned to art school to study ceramics before setting up her own studio, exhibiting and teaching. Changing direction again  she joined a leading theatrical costumiers, designing and making costumes for the stage. In 2010 she made her first collection of hand sewn costume jewellery which was selected to be part of the ‘Bling’ Exhibition at the V&A Bethnal Green and in 2011 she began producing her ‘Boxes of Curiosity’ which are now her main focus of work.

 
COLLECTION
Black Heart
Black Heart

Antique bust, bottles, wire

Heart Remedy
Heart Remedy

Antique wax bust, vintage glass bottles, clay

Jane Doe
Jane Doe

Antique wax bust, vintage scientific glass, clay

Forgotten
Forgotten

Antique doll figure, vintage prints, wood, paint, paper

Eggshells
Eggshells

Antique doll parts, clay, wire, cloth

A Can of Worms
A Can of Worms

Antique case, antique doll head, clay, silk

All Bottled Up
All Bottled Up

Antique case, antique figure, clay, bottles.

In the Startled Ear of Night
In the Startled Ear of Night

Antique box, bisque figure, bottles, silk, wood.

Walk Tall
Walk Tall

Antique case, doll head, papier mache, wood, paper

The Charmer
The Charmer

Antique case, doll head, clay, paper

The Knife
The Knife

Antique case, antique bust, wood, paper, gold wire braid, knives

Haunted by ill Angels Only
Haunted by ill Angels Only

Antique case, antique head, finch wings, cloth, paper, silk.

Back at Ya
Back at Ya

Vintage case, antique doll bust, moths, clay, nails, ball & chain.

Strange is thy Pallor
Strange is thy Pallor

Antique gothic box, Victorian doll head, silk, paper, resin

Lady in Waiting
Lady in Waiting

Antique case, bisque head, skeleton, lace, silk.

She's Broken Hearted
She's Broken Hearted

Antique case, antique doll head, papier mache, wood

No Glory
No Glory

Antique case, antique doll bust, velvet, pins, regimental silk

Vade in Pace
Vade in Pace

Antique case, antique doll head, clay, cloth, lace

No Alternative
No Alternative

Antique carved box, antique doll head, leather, clay, silk, velvet.

Madame Sosostris
Madame Sosostris

Antique case, vintage doll head, resin skull, bullion tasselling, silk, velvet, paper.

What are the Roots that Clutch
What are the Roots that Clutch

Antique case, antique doll head, papier mache, doll parts, silk.

Do You Know Nothing
Do You Know Nothing

Antique case, antique doll heads, papier mache, velvet, paper flowers, ceramic feet.

And Still the World Pursues
And Still the World Pursues

Antique case, antique doll head, leather, lace, doll parts, silk.

BOXES OF CURIOSITY
 
SHOWS:

2011     Atelier Gallery, Leigh-on-Sea, UK


2011     Bling Exhibition, V & A Museum, Bethnal Green, London


2011      Bolivar Street Gallery, Sanger, Texas, USA


2012      Stepney Green Design Collection, London


2013      Llantarnum Grange Arts Centre, Cwmbran, UK


2013      Luna & Curious, Shoreditch, London


2015      Thames Group of Artists, Mixed Media pop-up exhibition, London to Leigh-on-Sea    

2016     57th Essex Open Exhibition, Beecroft Gallery, Southend

2017    An Interior Perspective, Lingwood Samuel Gallery,  Godalming

 

2017    Gallery 286, London  Group Show

2018     58th Essex Open Exhibition, Beecroft Gallery, Southend, Winner - Best Work Mixed Media

2019     Flux Exhibition, National Army Museum London 

2019    Gallery 286, London - Solace of Objects

 

2019    Gallery 286, London - Christmas Show Dec 10- 20

 

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