Meet The Artist:
Artist Jill Skulina graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in Interior and Environmental Design, 2003, she also has an MFA (2007) also from DJCAD. Jill’s art practice is based in Dundee at Meadow Mill WASPS Studios, last year her work was selected for 40/40 Vision, 40 Years Of Wasps, at Kirkcudbright Galleries. She is a Professional Member of the Society of Scottish Artists and has work exhibited in their annual show in the RSA for the last 3 years.
Together To Grow is Jill’s first solo show and has been supported by WASPS Meadow Mill Curatorial Committee and Visual Artist and Craft Maker Award Fife.
Jill makes work depicting memories of life events. In recent years handmade dolls evolved into cocooned, encased, and surrounded figures and portraits using found dolls, crochet, ceramics and plaster. These works are memorials to concealment of thoughts and feelings, deceiving the outside world that we are coping, while also showing emotional transformation and strength. Using crochet as a representation for 'female' crafts and the historic domestic ideal, she make strong, nurturing work from her own experiences of motherhood; worries, trauma, guilt, regret, potential societal projections and expectations.
Within her most recent work there are goddesses, madonnas and celestial beings depicting out of body experiences; disconnection from reality; absence of baby, nurture and joy; but also revelations, transcendence and freedom from what has come before. Over the last year Jill has been exploring how clay can be used as a canvas to express these ideas using drawing and painting on ceramic sculptures, plates and vessels.