I am pleased to feature the work of UK based performance artist, Poppy Jackson. Jackson presents actionist based performance works that explore the autocratic female body. Her paintings and live performances apply a grunge aesthetic to the Western iconographic tradition, using a methodology of violence as creative and transformational catalyst. Her practice spans drawing, printmaking, painting, performance and video. Jackson's ongoing collaboration with Nina Arsenault aims to 'explode gender through mind, body and spirit'. Her current research considers the menstruating body as inherently "performic".
I was led to Jackson's work through fellow performance artist, Benjamin Sebastian. Both Sebastian and Jackson are an essential part of ]performance space[, a non-profit organization devoted to the cultivation and promotion of performance art. I asked Jackson to consider the initial lure of performance art and name influential artists.
Here was her response:
QUINN DUKES: What led you to performance art?
POPPY JACKSON: My body
QD: Are there performance artists working today that influence your practice?
PH: Sinead O'Donnell, Hugh O'Donnell, Rocio Boliver, Chun Hua Catherine Dong, Bean, ( ]performance space[ founder), Alastair MacLennan, Victoria Gray, Kira O'Reilly, Mark Greenwood, Julia Bardsley, Lynn Lu, Benjamin Sebastian, Anne Bean.
SELECTED WORKS FROM POPPY JACKSON
All images are courtesy of the artist.