Vanessa Jackson: Curvature and Common Sense
RA Schools Annual Lecture
15 January 2014
At the Geological Society, Piccadilly
Vanessa Jackson appears to take the most formal approach to painting, but her use of geometry and its three dimensional function deny the supposed flatness of modernist space. The title of this talk, ‘Curvature and Common Sense’ explores the contradiction of a fully realised space at once pertaining to logic and completeness and uncertainty and unease. The curvature is the deviant from the straight modernist line, whilst making sense in the studio is key to the understanding of representation.
The ornamental and optical play of colour acts to both confirm and confuse our sense of perception, constantly shifting between concrete presence and the ambiguity of space beyond our grasp.
Jackson destabilises the very ‘ground’ we most desire, a sense of security and belonging.
Vanessa Jackson lives and works in London, studied at St Martins School of Art and the Royal College of Art. She has exhibited extensively and has recently stepped down from being a Senior Tutor at the Royal Academy Schools after 15 years.
6.30–8pm, followed by a drink
Supported by the David Lean Foundation