Jennifer Talbot - Visual Artist
She is a visual artist living and working in Cambridge, using a variety of fibres, mixed media and found objects to make work to record her experience of the landscapes and archaeology of British islands. Jennifer has already visited Shetland as an artist-in residence, in 2005. Since then, her work has been almost exclusively focused on Shetland. Memory and the importance of place are recurring themes in her current work.
Walking, drawing and photography are fundamental to Jennifer’s practice. Her textile work is constructed by felting together the natural tones of Shetland wool with coloured silk fibres. Fragments of photographs, stitching and wire are added to the surface.
She explains that she became interested in Shetland lace knitting after seeing examples in the Shetland Museum in Lerwick. Working with a technician at Shetland College, she produced a contemporary version of lace knitting on an industrial knitting machine using her own designs. The subsequent work reflects the strong knitting tradition of the North Isles.
Jennifer continues to make work which relates to the prehistoric archaeology of Shetland, and has recently become interested in the military remains on the Islands, in particular, those on Unst, which has extensive remains of defence installations dating from both WWII and the Cold War. This has resulted in a number of works based on Lamba Ness RAF station and the Saxa Vord radar facility.
Jennifer states “Most of my work relates to memories of specific walks and places. Found objects are important in this regard, for instance I have created work which incorporates fragments of coloured plastic washed up on Scousborough Sands in Shetland after a winter storm. I have wrapped these with silver wire and coloured strands from fishing nets, also recovered from the beach, to make a series of ‘bruck’ pieces.”
Jennifer will be resident at Sumburgh Head until the end of February. During this time a series of events will be scheduled for her to show her work and for the public to interact with her. Details will be published on the website and in local press.