Jacky Oliver

collectible objects

About

Jacky creates work for exhibitions, commissions and residencies. Each project is completely unique, drawing from a range of metalwork techniques and processes. The scale of her pieces ranges from small hand held objects to installations and large scale architectural pieces.
Bringing together narratives from a range of sources, contemporary and historic.
Working with others has enriched Jacky’s practice, and allowed her to share her working processes with people from all walks of life.
In 2020 Jacky received an Arts Council Project Grant to support her Collect Open project at Collect Art Fair, with the Crafts Council. She was a warded the ‘Tinplate Workers alias Wireworkers Cockpit 2022 Bursary. Jacky won both First Prize and Best in show at Pewter Live 2019 by the Worshipful Company of Pewters and in 2000 was was awarded a Royal Society of Sculptors Bursary.

“"My work brings together my love of extensive research into a new subject, exploring ideas and my passion for the hands-on manipulation of metal. "”

Jacky Oliver

Process

Jacky has a broad and open approach to fluidly developing ideas, drawing from a range of metalwork processes, including jewellery, silversmithing, blacksmithing techniques. Allowing her approach to respond sensitively to the variety of subjects that inspire each bespoke piece. Using etching and enamelling Jacky collages imagery and text to create surfaces that evoking a narrative, allowing the story to unfold for the viewer, letting them discover and interpret their own way into the work. With details pierced through the surface of these elements and the open nature of the linear structures Jacky fabricates, her work can often be viewed through their shadows, which can allow the viewer to see a simpler version of an often-complex structure.

The research is a key part of Jacky’s practice, her work brings together narratives from a range of sources, contemporary and historic, including archive material, interviews and handwritten notes which become important aspects of her final pieces.

Services

  • commissions
  • workshops

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