Jayne Gaze studied Fine Art & Design at Worcester University graduating with first class single honours followed by a twelve month residency at Worcester Cathedral for which she won an Arts Council England Award. In the following year she was AA2A Artist in Residence at Worcester University and also accepted a post with Worcestershire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust at Shrub Hill Workshop where she continues to work with recovering mental health service users using art theraputically and vocationally. In November 2012 Jayne was guest Artist in Residence in the new ‘Artists Space’ situated in the old library in Worcester Museum and Art Gallery.
She is a founder of AIMs (Art in Minds) and has co-ordinated exhibitions to celebrate World Mental Health Day in Worcestershire each year since 2004 which has showcased the artwork of over 150 mental health service users.
During this time she has continued to develop her own practice, with annual exhibitions of her work.
“Through my art I aim to explore and evoke emotion. I often utilise the lexicon of cloth, in particular bandage and muslin, suggesting binding, protection, injury and healing”
Her influences are many but in particular the work of Eva Hesse and Tapies, her observations of the fragilty of the human condition and the worn and peeling layers of paint and wallpaper in the rambling manor house she was born and grew up in.
More recently her work has been influenced by a period of sailing in the Greek Ionions and the Western Isles of Scotland.
“After sailing in the Western Isles of Scotland in the summer of 2012 I saw my world through fresh eyes and I could feel the colour seeping back into my soul”
The work is directly influenced by the play of light and colour on the movement of water, direct exposure to the elements in all weather conditions contrasting with calm and tranquillity and a visual ‘eclection’ of objects, colours and memories from around this spectacular coastline.
‘Seeing in Colour’ was exhibited at Worcester Arts Workshop, Cafe Bliss Gallery Space, from 1st-16th February 2013.
Next exhibition to be announced soon.