From the beginning of the new academic term, the Visual Arts department at West Dean College is pleased to host the London- and Sussex-based artist, Poppy Jones, as its latest Artist-in-Residence. Both Poppy’s practice and research interests are focused on contemporary printmaking, combining the use of traditional media and technique (such as etching, monotype, woodcut, etc.) with digital printing. Whilst always informed by the history of printmaking, Poppy’s work is often concerned with materiality, especially in relation to the digital image.
Poppy studied at the Royal College of Art and has since taught at Falmouth University and the University of Brighton. She has shown work in many solo and group shows, as well as exhibiting at public venues that include the Bluecoat, Liverpool and Newlyn Gallery, Cornwall. Some of her recent projects have been developed as part of residency programs at the University of Bedfordshire, the Frans Masereel Centre in Belgium and the Horniman Museum in London. The latter institution, together with research opportunities undertaken at the Elmhirst Archive and Dartington, have allowed poppy to explore the value and meaning of cultural artefacts, collections and archives. In line with these interests, over the course of the residency Poppy will create a new body of prints and a publication, which refers to West Dean House, the College Library, as well as the countless fascinating artefacts and objects associated with the Collection and Archive of Edward James. After gathering images, textures and ideas from the unique environment of West Dean, Poppy will combine these with her own experiences, both invented and recorded, to make associations between archives of art history and the transformative process of reproduction.