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Jaz Percy

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Degree: BA Fine Art
University: Falmouth University
Graduation Year: 2020

Artist Statement

Noisy images, a sense of exuberance and human nature provided the anchor for my work. My current practice is mixed media based. Ancient history, female identity, media culture and raw street vibes that radiate colour and energy pulled from the urban environment; a rich source of subject matter. Woodblock print is a favourite of mine; creating both unadorned works as well as versions where the print is laid over collaged surfaces comprised of a cacophony of materials and paper types. I particularly enjoy the contrast between the frenetic surfaces made by physically collaging different materials in a traditional cut-and-paste sense, which helps seal the noise and tends to ground the work overall. 

Areas of interest include classical Greek friezes and Japanese woodcut prints. The harsh jagged lines on the woodblocks feel slightly anarchic mixed with the smooth line associated with classical Greek sculpture. I find this strangely delightful. I aim to take elements of ancient legends and translate them into contemporary visuals with an urban twist.

Having always worked with the female figure, the ongoing discussion concerning female objectification and the male gaze is continuously touched on. Through the choice to include semi-nude female forms in the work, with an explicit nod towards classical iconography.

Surfaces have proved to be an enduring source of inspiration; the surrounding environment, wall surfaces and rusty metal. Peeling paint, those torn, battered posters, crudely pasted over weathered advertisements, then sprayed with tags and graffiti. There is so much charm to be found on the walls of urban settings. A narrative: The layering up of stories, the passing of time, urban mythologies. It is imperative that all the material is found, as part of the appeal is the story contained within each component. The act of reusing is sort of ritualistic, a reincarnation of what most people would consider litter, and a nod towards a strong belief in a sustainable and ethical approach.  

Group Exhibitions

2020, Imagine Falmouth, Falmouth Art Gallery, Falmouth, Cornwall
2019, Outside In, The Poly, Falmouth, Cornwall
2016, IN Exhibition, Australian High Commission, Singapore

Competitions, Prizes & Awards

2019, Shortlisted (final 3) for the Artists’ Collecting Society Materials Award
2015, 100% Pearson award in Art and Design

Original works:

Bus Poster Figure 5

By Jaz Percy

2020 Graduate

£1500

Bus Poster Figure 4

By Jaz Percy

2020 Graduate

£1500

Bus Poster Figure 3

By Jaz Percy

2020 Graduate

£1500

Bus Poster Figure 2

By Jaz Percy

2020 Graduate

£1500

Bus Poster Figure 1

By Jaz Percy

2020 Graduate

£1500

Urban Deities (details of pane...

By Jaz Percy

2020 Graduate

£1700

Urban Deities (details of pane...

By Jaz Percy

2020 Graduate

£1700

City Shinto Priestess

By Jaz Percy

2020 Graduate

£175

What Girls Learn

By Jaz Percy

2020 Graduate

£325

Frieze

By Jaz Percy

2020 Graduate

£400

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Urban Deities (details of pane...

By Jaz Percy

2020 Graduate

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