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of our secular society, I’m exploring our curious fascination with death, desire, love and loss, whilst drawing on historical references, figurative art, sacred imagery and mythology.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.

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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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Photography by Tessa Hallmann  

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Antique case, antique figure, clay, bottles.