Jenny Thorburn

I largely work in and with the Southern English landscape. I am interested in it as a artefact, ‘reading’ it and drawing attention to the ‘signs’ in it about its history, current activities, and inhabitants (all creatures). I am particularly interested in human activities in the environment, especially at the edges of settlements and the sea. My work is grounded in the materiality of stuff; the process of making; the autonomous behaviour of the materials themselves; chance and unconsciousness.
I walk, map, and draw. In the studio I paint, collage, make woodcuts, and altered and artist’s books.
My daily activities as an artist are driven by challenge and experimentation. However, the work that emerges from this falls into themes. These include:
‘The Common’ – about the common land, public access spaces, and trees in and around the town in the Chilterns where I live.
‘Day marks’ – this started with navigational markers for ships, but has expanded to an interest in other objects that stand up from the ground to indicate the unseen, such as utility markers.
Colour and pattern – My aesthetic is strongly trained by making patchworks for most of my life and looking at modern abstract paintings. This particularly emerges in my abstract oil painting.

I have published a small book of my woodcuts 'Frith' which can be bought from me, or through Blurb.com. I also have a book of text and photographs of my sculpture called 'Gas Marker'.
I have a shop on Etsy called FallstheShadow https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/FallsTheShadow, where I sell my prints and smaller items. Alternatively, and for other work (paintings)please contact me via the contact page of this website.