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POSTCARD: Kurt Jackson, Mermaids' Tears

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Postcard: Kurt Jackson, Mermaids' Tears

Kurt Jackson’s art is genuinely radical. It is an intrinsic part of his wider, awareness-changing agenda. Jackson’s art makes actual the brightness of seeing clearly, moments of heightened consciousness, vital both for science and for art.’ Julian Spalding, Art UK, September 2021

This is a postcard of the original 2016 painting "Mermaids' Tears", 2016. A rug was commissioned to to raise awareness of the devastating effects of plastic pollution in our seas. The plastic pieces embedded in the original painting have enabled Dovecot to experiment using plastic, debris and string fibres collected by Jackson from beaches near his home. Every textile art piece produced by Dovecot is an interpretive and creative collaboration between artist and weaver. In this case , constructed textile specialist Louise Trotter worked with Kurt Jackson to achieve a balance of colour and texture. The contrast between the fishing rope and wool (the traditional and sustainable fibre used in rug making) powerfully illustrated the incursion of plastics into the natural environment.

Related to Kurt Jackson, Mermaids' Tears at Dovecot Studios 2 October – 5 February 2022. Exhibition coincides with the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow on 31 October – 12 November 2021.

© Kurt Jackson

14.9 x 10.3cm

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