Beauty and decay; permanence in a moment; familiarity without consistency. It has been these themes, the universal reality of disintegration and decay, and the implications of time, that are fundamental to Gemma Jouques and her practice. Her work seeks to investigate the transient nature of our surroundings and the footprints we leave behind, touching upon memory, absence, destruction and uncertainty.
While Jouques’s practice coalesces with both sculpture and textiles, it is the method of painting that is always at its very core. Fragile, tactile, weighted and unforgiving, her work transcends the parameters of the traditional canvas; challenging the concept of the aesthetic and anti-aesthetic through the use of a variety of broken and re-purposed materials, Jouques intends to push the surface to the point of near collapse.