JACKIE CURTIS – The Sugar Cube Interview…
Exhibition number 8 opened its doors to the public this week. All the works are by Somerset based artist, Jackie Curtis and will be on display in the Sugar Cube until the end of March. We took the opportunity to ask her a few questions before the exhibition opened to find out a bit more about her. Read on to discover for yourself what she had to say…
I have been interested in art since I was a teenager; through college I produced posters for plays and talks and then started watercolour classes when we moved to Cumbria. I started to read about printmaking and thought it was an exciting medium. My dad sent me his linocutting tools and some wood veneers and it started from there!
Any advice you could pass on to aspiring arts of any age? Go for it!
There are always distractions and reasons not to be drawing/painting/printing – you just have to commit time and ignore the washing up!
How would you sum up your style of work in 120 characters?
Adaptable & experimental, my style varies from impressionistic monoprints to strong designs in my linocuts to woodblocks.
The Sugar Cube Gallery is pretty small but is it the smallest gallery you’ve ever exhibited your work in?
Yes I believe it is!
As an artist is there a time of year you like best?
Autumn – the colours!
You’re a printmaker and water colourist? Do you have a favourite technique?
Printmaking! There are just so many possibilities. The best part is the moment of anticipation as you lift the paper from the block; unlike a painting that develops in front of your eyes – with printmaking you don’t really know what the image will look until that first print.
Which artist alive or dead would you most like to meet and why?
I would like to meet the person who created the willow pattern. That pattern is amazing – it is iconic and reproduced around the world through at least three centuries. Conceived in an era before computers and mass communication – how did it manage to be become such a popular design?
Do you always have a sketchbook with you when you’re out and about?
Yes and my shoulder bag is really camera bag so my camera is always with me. I need a note pad by the bed as well – I have dreamt at least one of my prints! The composition for pecking order was dreamt! Although the details of the design were based on a customer’s hens.
How do you unwind after a long day? Really depends on how tired I am; ideally with a walk if it’s daylight or with sometime in the studio but sometimes it’s a glass of wine and a catch up on twitter to what the photographers and artists have been creating.
Printmaking is difficult to do out and about (I have tried!!) plus if you cut directly what you see you need some clever way to reverse it! However I need to be out and about for inspiration and a fresh perspective – so both!
And finally, if you were allowed to keep (but not sell!) one work of art from any gallery or collection worldwide, which would it be? I haven’t found it yet! I would love to own a beautiful original, centuries old, Japanese woodblock full of drama and emotion.
Jackie’s exhibition in the Sugar Cube Gallery will be open to the public Monday to Friday 8-30am – 4-30pm until the end of March. To find out more about Jackie and her work then visit either her artist profile page here on our website or go direct to her own website.
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