Meet The Artist:
The work of Jill Skulina portrays emotional strength and transformation through candid and vulnerable narratives. Goddesses, madonnas and celestial beings depict out-of-body experiences and disconnection from reality; as well as revelation, transcendence and liberation from what has come before. Her work shows memories of life events: memories which may be inaccurate, misremembered or one-sided; which traverse timelines, with imagery appearing at times incongruous to the narrative of each piece. The work makes no attempt to ‘correct’ the memories or straighten the timeline. Since lockdown her work has focused on the present, documenting her time through ceramic ornamental teapots representing everything society has been distanced from: conversation, confiding, ranting, world-righting, sharing time and feelings around a pot of tea.
Last year Jill had two solo exhibitions, Together To Grow, a curated collection of work made between 2016 and 2019, and Wholly Expletive a commissioned collection of ceramic works based on the incarnation, investigating the story of Mary giving birth to Jesus with particular interest in the interpretation of the biblical story and how her own experience as a mother and feminist affected that reading.
Jill is based in Dundee, she has a BDes hons in Interior and Environmental Design and a Masters of Fine Art both from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design; she is a Professional member of the Society of Scottish Artists and The Spilt Milk Gallery; and has exhibited her work across Scotland.