JACKI MCINNES

Jacki McInnes’ primary artmaking materials and methods incorporate the use of beaten sheet-lead in the construction of small sculptural elements, together with a drawing/painting technique using the soot of burnt car tyres, oxides, and oil paint. She uses these materials metaphorically to suggest the damage to environment and future generations wrought by our current rampant consumption. Her work also explores ideas around economic migrancy and the survival strategies such migrants are forced to adopt. Johannesburg’s informal recyclers have been central to this particular research for many years, as she reenvisages the plastic pallets on which they transport their bulk bags of trash in terms of their ‘safe haven’ or ‘life raft’.

Current creative work sees McInnes using lead in a thoroughly incongruous manner to craft objects that one would least imagine in lead: aeroplanes too heavy to fly, balloons that would go down, life rafts and rings that would immediately sink. In other works, lead ladders and staircases direct the viewer’s eye out of the picture frame, presumably to salvation in a better place. But although the boats, life rings and aeroplanes may seem to suggest escape, being rendered in lead they would sink, offering no escape at all. There is dark humour in this, of course, but the work also serves as a warning of some impending hazard.

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Rogue (after Hokusai's the great wave of Kanagawa)
Rogue (after Hokusai's the great wave of Kanagawa)

mixed media on board

100 x 135cm

Rogue (after Hokusai's the gre...
Rogue (after Hokusai's the great wave of Kanagawa) Rogue (after Hokusai's the great wave of Kanagawa)
Rogue (after Hokusai's the great wave of Kanagawa) - detail
Rogue (after Hokusai's the great wave of Kanagawa) - detail

mixed media on board

Rogue (after Hokusai's the gre...
Rogue (after Hokusai's the great wave of Kanagawa) - detail Rogue (after Hokusai's the great wave of Kanagawa) - detail
Rogue (after Hokusai's the great wave of Kanagawa) - detail
Rogue (after Hokusai's the great wave of Kanagawa) - detail

mixed media on board

Rogue (after Hokusai's the gre...
Rogue (after Hokusai's the great wave of Kanagawa) - detail Rogue (after Hokusai's the great wave of Kanagawa) - detail
Rogue (after Hokusai's the great wave of Kanagawa) - detail
Rogue (after Hokusai's the great wave of Kanagawa) - detail

mixed media on board

Rogue (after Hokusai's the gre...
Rogue (after Hokusai's the great wave of Kanagawa) - detail Rogue (after Hokusai's the great wave of Kanagawa) - detail
Mountains I
Mountains I

mixed media on paper

39 x 84cm

Mountains I
Mountains I Mountains I
Mountains II
Mountains II

mixed media on paper

57.5 x 84cm

Mountains II
Mountains II Mountains II
Road IV
Road IV

mixed media on paper

52 x 86cm

Road IV
Road IV Road IV
Ascend the Rungs II
Ascend the Rungs II
Ascend the Rungs II
Ascend the Rungs II Ascend the Rungs II
Veldt Fire I
Veldt Fire I
Veldt Fire I
Veldt Fire I Veldt Fire I
The Hangover I
The Hangover I

acupuncture needles, wood glue, hand-made paper

(40 x 31 x 8.2cm (framed)

The Hangover I
The Hangover I The Hangover I
The Hangover II
The Hangover II

acupuncture needles, wood glue, hand-made paper

(40 x 31 x 8.2cm (framed)

The Hangover II
The Hangover II The Hangover II
The Hangover III
The Hangover III

acupuncture needles, wood glue, hand-made paper

(40 x 31 x 8.2cm (framed)

The Hangover III
The Hangover III The Hangover III