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Jessica Heywood’s is a Sheffield based artist working predominately in drawing and textiles. Her practice often explores the ideas of abjection, women’s work and labour in a domestic context.
In her most recent series “The Heartless Hurt Less”, Heywood’s focuses on abjection. Looking at the boundary between life and death, observing the beauty and fragility of our everyday natural environments. Heywood captures their bodies in considered and meticulous detail, honouring the found deceased creatures by providing them with an identity which otherwise would be ignored or forgotten.
Labour intensive methods of creating provides Heywood with on-going influence of what defines and separates Fine Art from Craft. As women’s art is rooted in a long history of traditional craft practices but was denied the title of ‘Art’, Heywood continues to further explore how gender is intrinsically linked to craft. Heywood aims to elevate the mediums of ‘domestic art’ of crotchet, needlework, embroidery and weaving to ‘fine art’.
Portraits of S1, S1, Sheffield, 2020
Being Human Festival, Bart’s Pathology Museum, London, 2019
Symbols, Cupola Gallery, Sheffield, 2019
Fronteer, 33 Chapel Walk, Sheffield, 2019
The Heartless Hurt Less (Solo), The Arthouse, Sheffield, 2019
Cast Doorways, 33 Chapel Walk, Sheffield, 2018
Ruskin Degree Show, Bullingdon Road Studios, Oxford, 2018
Anatomy Exhibition, St John’s College, Oxford, 2018
See, Sea, Seize, St John’s Barn, Oxford, 2017
Tenderfoot #5, APG, Sheffield 2017
Conny, YMCA, County Durham, 2017
Ruskin Summer Show, High Street Ruskin Studios, Oxford, 2017
St Edmund Hall Artsweek, St Edmund Hall, Oxford, 2017
St Catz Artsweek, St Catherine’s, Oxford, 2017
Interim, St Edmund Hall, Oxford, 2017
Tenderfoot #4, APG, Sheffield, 2016
Babineaux, St John’s Barn, Oxford 2016
Ruskin Preliminaries, High Street Ruskin Studios, Oxford, 2016
Oxfordshire Art Week, St Edmund Hall, Oxford, 2016