Continuing our series of artist talks, SPIEL presents Poppy Jackson.
Poppy Jackson (IE/GB, 1982) makes actionist work exploring the female body as an autonomous zone.
Jackson’s paintings and live performances apply a grunge aesthetic to the Western iconographic tradition, using a methodology
of violence as creative and transformational catalyst. Her practice spans drawing, printmaking, painting, performance
and video. Jackson’s ongoing collaboration with Nina Arsenault aims to ‘explode gender through mind, body and spirit’. Her current
research considers the menstruating body inherently performic.
Poppy received a BA (Hons) in Visual Performance from Dartington College of Arts in 2005, and later earned her MA in Performance Making from Goldsmiths University. Her work has been supported by Arts Council England and the British Council and presented internationally, including at The Barbican and Whitechapel Galleries (London), Arnolfini (Bristol), Black Box (Belfast), Project Arts Centre (Dublin), Kunselforum (Cologne), Fluxus Ministeria (Kaunas), FEM Festival (Girona), Museum of New Art (Detroit), Defibrillator Performance Art Gallery (Chicago), and Grace Exhibition Space (New York). Poppy was recently guest editor of BLUD ZER0 Collective’sfirst E-Zine and her written work will be published in the ‘OUI Performance Book’ later this year.
Poppy acts as a mentor to graduates from Norwich University of the Arts and has been invited to teach, present talks and give workshops at arts spaces and universities, most recently at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She regularly curates events and facilitates professional development projects for emerging artists. She is Project Director of Liminal Bodies, the international network of nomadic artists; she also runs SITE/SPACE, a monthly site responsive event. Poppy is an Associate Artist of ]performance s p a c e [ in London.
Poppy was part of the SPILL National Platform in Ipswich in 2014 & SPILL Showcase in London in 2015, for which she garnered significant national and international media attention for her work, ‘Site’.