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Jennifer Robson (b.1982) was born in Dundee and continues to live and work in the city. She graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone in 2004 with a degree in Drawing and Painting. After leaving art school, Jennifer managed The White Gallery in Dundee until 2009, she now works full time in her studio.
In 2011 Jennifer was approached by theatre company Poor Boy / The Bell Rock Co. to work as lead artist on production for Blood and Roses. Her work was featured in a site-specific audio-visual tour of Merchant City (Glasgow 2010) as part of the International European Theatre Meeting, the production was then invited to the Made in Scotland showcase at The Edinburgh Fringe (2011).
Jennifer has twice been a recipient of the Dundee Visual Artists Awards in both 2010 and 2011, which provided financial support towards The Girl who had a Tail. Jennifers work is held in private and public collections internationally. In 2011, The Blue Hare drawing (exhibited in this exhibition) won the Meffan Winter Exhibition Purchase Prize and is now held in Angus Museum Collections. In addition to exhibiting across Scotland, Jennifer offers individual tuition and drawing classes from her Dundee studio, McManus Galleries and D’Arcy Thomson Museum (University of Dundee).

The Girl who had a Tail July 2013

In this exhibition, The Girl who had a Tail, Jennifer Robson presents a new body of work. Open, honest and laid bare, she bravely lets the viewer into her own personal world through her art. Robsons work deals with stories, from the universal to the personal. In this exhibition her own personal history creates not only inspiration for her work, but fuels the raw emotion evident in her drawing. Here Robson has reinterpreted the tale of Little Red Riding Hood, titled The Girl who had a Tail, in which she has cast herself as the main character, the heroine Little Blue Riding Hood.

The Girl who had a Tail is a coming of age tale, that plays out Jennifer’s personal experiences from girl to woman. Playing with traditional and self-invented symbolism, objects and animals are cast as metaphors in her work, as people she has known but also as aspects of the self. These characters materialize in the gallery; a towering cornflower blue cloak that leads the viewer into the room of Little Blue Riding Hood; braids of hair that are strung across furniture and etched into paintings; and the skeletons of important symbolic and sacred animals adorned in precious hair jewellery.

Robson describes her practice as “using all [her] skills like an orchestra”. Nothing stands alone. Like the braid that weaves through everything, each part of The Girl who had a Tail is a piece of an unraveling puzzle, each object, drawing, colour, pressure of mark, pose is considered. She pulls these interwoven threads together in this exhibition to make what Robson hopes is ‘A universal story, that speaks to the viewer’s heart’.

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  1. liz kleppang / Oct 9 2013 9:00 pm

    Hi

    my daughter who is nine would luv to go on ur course. can we bribg her to the taster session please.

    Liz kleppang

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