20 questions interview : Josie Jenkins (www.josiejenkins.co.uk)
1: Who are you?
2: What is your background?
I come from Skidby near Hull, I studied Fine Art at Norwich School of Art and I’ve lived in Hull and Nottinghamshire and now Liverpool.
3: Where were you born?
Beverley hospital, East Riding of Yorkshire
4: Explain your work in up to 40 words.
My paintings explore the way we shape the landscape in which we live. I paint the evidence of the existence of mankind within the landscape.
5: How has your practice changed over time?
I’ve started thinking a lot more about what I paint and about how it can influence and educate people as well as making a good painting.
6: Do you have a favourite medium to work in?
Oils are my favourite
7: Do you pursue any themes? If so what?
I paint wastelands, abandoned places and the edgelands between city and countryside, presenting the impact of human interference upon our natural landscape and nature’s subsequent effect on the man-made. Sometimes I portray the consequence of heavy industry or explore how the discarded materials found in scrap heaps evidence the way we live our modern lives.
8: What other jobs have you done/do you do other than being an artist?
I work with homeless people in accommodation services and with people who have housing related issues in their own tenancies. I also teach a craft called quilling.
9: What research do you do for your art?
I visit places for inspiration and take photographs as a visual aid. I went to China for 3 months not long ago. I also like to see as many exhibitions as possible.
10: What makes you angry?
11: What is your favourite colour?
12: What is your favourite piece that you have produced?
A painting called ‘Container Island’
13: What music/album are you currently listening to?
The Staves (they are very good!)
14: What makes you happy?
15: What are your favourite films?
I like Amilie a lot it’s a lovely film but my favourite is Beasts of the Southern Wild, except I’ve only seen it once as I’m worried I won’t like it as much the second time.
16: Favourite place?
Liverpool of course. But also Shanghai, though not for more than a few days.
17: One or more artists you like?
Walter Sickert, Carel Weight, David Hockney, Martin Greenland, Matthias Weischer, Sheila Fell, Paul Collinson, Edward Burtynsky, John Bratby, Patrick Caulfield…..
18: What is your favourite word?
19: Professionally what is your goal?
To be able to just paint and have minions to do the admin for me.
20: What would your dream commission be?
A really really big painting that I currently could not make because it wouldn’t fit in my studio.