What is autoethnographic art?
In a nutshell – it is research into a phenomenon / culture via the self… But also – via art practice. Also known sometimes as “visual autoethnography”.
The Art of vulnerability.
Jennyanne’s work has been described as ‘an exploration of the human condition’. It is autoethnographic in nature and ponders, questions and analyses ‘life’ from many perspectives but mainly her own ever-changing lens. Religion, philosophy, personal history, literature, anthropology, psychology and spirituality all inform her practice which has covered all manner of characteristics, events and situations that have composed the essentials of her human existence thus far.
Themes within her work have included – Aspiration, Emotionality and Conflict (Fairy Tale, 2003), Growth and Aspiration (Love, Lust and Pain, 2006, The I AM Story 2010), Relationships and Love (This Cuckoo Thing, 2007, Tell Me Something About Your First Love 2008-2011), The meaning of Life (Unanswerable Questions, 2006-2008), Perceptions of the Self (Mirror Mirror 2005 and An Intimate Distance, 2008), Mortality and Mental Health (The Tale of Annie Get Your Gun, 2010, A Life Lived Through Lillies 2012), Personal Growth (Mandala, 2018) and Education (An elegy aimed at the arrogant, 2012 & 2018, Reclaiming my Red).
Jennyanne is a mixed media fine artist whose practice mixes traditional sculptural methods with performance and spoken word. She oftentimes describes her life as her art and generally does not distinguish between her practice and her participatory work.
Current projects include:
‘The 1000 arms of Avoloketishvara’ and ‘My Bipolar Coming out Story’
The I AM story was created as part of her Masters by Research and performed in several venues across the uk.
An Elegy Aimed at the Arrogant was written in response to a response to the I AM story.
NB – This text was completed in 2010-2012 – It is important to note that all of Jennyanne’s work NEEDS to be viewed in context. Her thoughts, feelings and ideas about life, herself and the world in general will probably have changed since then.
The following images are from her most recent exhibition at the Tapestry Gallery in Liverpool as part of the Not Just Collective. Thresholds: The Adjacent Possible, February 2018.
Reclaiming my Red
This piece was created and exhibited in Liverpool as part of the Not Just Collective in February 2018