Amy Jackson

Amy's #IRL - Solo Exhibition - Amy Jackson

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#IRL🦄is a solo exhibition by Amy Jackson running until the end of the lockdown. Over 15 years after Cleaning Squares, (a conceptual art piece about mental illness) was launched, I decided to unveil a new happening and series of works reflecting the strange times we find ourselves in.

Cleaning Squares commented upon the paradoxical human effort to implement rituals, routines and rules and the way in which these systems consume and engulf us whilst their absence leads to anxiety. Disaster can and will often strike.

The project, like much of my early work explored mental health. In the depths of every human psyche lurks immutable fears. These uncertainties manifest themselves in variations of erratic and irrational behaviour. Often, in an attempt to control these fears control is subsequently lost.

In 2005 I began Cleaning Squares. Daily, she would roll dice to determine a location. I cleaned and labelled perfect squares with the time and date of the job. The piece was an ongoing performance piece, documented in a series of books and photographs. 

In 2020, over 15 years since I cleaned and labelled the first square on top of a portaloo in Leeds, the work has become bizarrely prophetic as the world stands together shaken by the global pandemic. Cleaning Squares will be exhibited alongside new pieces responding to BCV, DCV and ACV (before, during and after coronavirus times) entitled #iamnotarobot and Portraits in Various Resolutions. 

The new work responds to the age we are all living through, full of anger, disappointment and fear for the future. Where the square, once a symbol of purity, control and hope has become one of a prison where we find ourselves trapped. Literally and virtually. 

Due to the nature of the work and the challenges many people will face in coping with mental illness during the lockdown, I would like to support Mind and have decided to donate any profits from the sale of the work to the charity. This JustGiving page is a way of helping those support Mind who do not sadly want to purchase any of my art :)

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