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In-Store Artist Residency: The Animal in Me with Jessica Ballantyne
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Day(s) - 14/06/2019 - 16/06/2019
All day

GreatArt London


The surrealist methods of art-making have inspired people from across different fields. From psychology to fashion, the surrealist’s use of powerful, subconscious imagery has been a source of inspiration.

Jessica Ballantyne

“If we lessen the control of our logical and conscious mind we can access the unconscious and uncover its strange and dreamy symbolism, which is as unique as it is universal.”

Join  Jessica in the GreatArt front of house as she plays with the subconscious symbolism within her inkblots. During her residency, Jessica will create paintings on canvas, in the theme: The Animal in Me. Fascinated by the mythology of animals, Jessica often sees different, wild animals in her inkblots, often melting into one another within the patterns and resulting in a surreal amalgamation of creatures.

Jessica Ballantyne

Jessica will be creating work at GreatArt from Friday to Sunday, and will also hold workshops on Saturday and Sunday around the “The Animal in Me” theme. You can find out more about these and sign up through Eventbrite or our Facebook page

Jessica Ballantyne

About the artist

Born in sunny South Africa, Jessica Ballantyne moved to London in 2009 after graduating with a BA in Fine art from the University of Pretoria. Specialising in oil painting, Ballantyne creates art in a variety of mediums (such as collage, spray-paint and graphite) which all revolve around the main subject matter and passion of her work: the female body and human experience.

Jessica Ballantyne has, from an early age, been fascinated by the portrayal of subjective feeling and experience, especially in regards to the body. Her work is thus almost always figurative with a focus on psychology and transcendent experience.

Ballantyne believes that as humans we have been bombarded with imagery and ideas, which teach us to constantly view ourselves from the outside, as bodies and objects without subjectivity and presence. Ballantyne rebels against this limiting existence by inviting the viewer into a private, psychological space where she speaks about presence, transcending the ego and letting go of attachments to the body and mind.

For her new series: Animal in Me, Ballantyne explores the relationship between our animal nature and our divine consciousness through the medium of inkblots.

You can find more about Jessica and see more of her work on her website

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