8 June 2022 – 4th September 2022
The Small Gallery, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary
Rhona Jack is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Dundee who graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in 2017. After graduating from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in 2017, Rhona was invited to show her work at the Royal Scottish Academy’s New Contemporaries exhibition and was awarded the Glenfiddich Artist in Residence.
Alongside her studio practice, Rhona runs workshops and participatory projects with adults and children, teaching textile techniques and encouraging the reuse of scrap materials. Sessions may involve participants working individually or collaboratively, always with a focus on play and experimentation.
“My artistic practice is formed by sculpture and fibre art, exploring cycles of production, consumption and waste and examining the role of the individual within these processes. Using secondhand clothes as a material, I delve into the dichotomy of the personal histories that we attach to clothing and their status as a throw-away commodity.
Combining collage, embroidery and traditional weaving, secondhand textiles are encased within warp and weft, drawing special attention to the details of everyday wear. Once loved clothing is held within an artwork, collecting moments which are often overlooked and lavishing them with care and attention. Cast-offs take on stories of their own, and these inherited histories bestow intimacy and familiarity upon the work.
In this body of work, I wish to bring focus to small acts of care which are domestic and soft. I’ve been thinking a lot recently about the ways in which we look after each other, and how tiny actions can convey affection and warmth. Forever enamoured with the meditative processes of repetitive craft, every inch of the work has been handled by me, made of materials that long to be touched and hold within them a history of touch.”