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The Artist - Jacqueline King

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Jacqueline’s work is highly personal yet retains an aesthetic that speaks to us all. She emphasises the brilliance and beauty of glass – allowing it to ‘come to life’ with light, colour, texture and form.

"My work explores the fragility & diversity of life. I explore two distinct & often divergent notions of this fragility & diversity, one being our natural environment & the other mental health.

My work exploring the natural environment has a focus on the biodiversity surrounding my studio-gallery being the region of Mt Warning, a World Heritage area. This has lead to the creation of works exploring unique bird species, and proliferation of monoculture in this region along with less specific, naturally inspired works.

My work exploring mental health stems from my own journey toward recovery through the visual arts with Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. My glass practice came about as a form of self therapy having been injured by extreme trauma in a workplace combined with earlier life traumas - resulting in Complex PTSD.
I develop works exploring the creation of beauty from shattered parts, a metaphor for my own re-established self identity healing from CPTSD. It is my hope that with this work I am providing a platform for discussion around PTSD & a feeling of inclusion for those who also suffered injury as a result of extreme trauma from whatever source.

Glass is the most beautiful medium to work in as it has its unique challenges but the presence of light can dazzle and transform a piece in seconds. I believe I have found a life long love and I hope my work inspires grace and just a little natural peace.

The quote below is reflective of my life now..."

The truly creative mind in any field is no more than this: A human creature born abnormally, inhumanely sensitive. To them... a touch is a blow, a sound is a noise, a misfortune is a tragedy, a joy is an ecstasy, a friend is a lover, a lover is a god, and failure is death.
Add to this cruelly delicate organism the overpowering necessity to create, create, create -- so that without the creating-- their very breath is cut off...
They must create, must pour out creation. By some strange, unknown, inward urgency they are not really alive unless they are creating.
Pearl Buck
US novelist in China (1892 - 1973)

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