Jill Desborough

Jill is an Essex based sculptor and puppet maker. She has exhibited extensively, mostly in the UK, including RA Summer Exhibition,  Discerning Eye, Society of Women Artists  and Royal Society British all at the Mall Galleries, RWA Annuals Bristol, Made London, Sculpture Gallery Leeds, and group exhibitions as a member of ArtCan. She has won the VAO Sculpture prize and Sculpture and Founders prizes at the Discerning Eye. She works as a commercial sculptor in a wide variety of fields but has always continued her own practice.

She has recently been creating a series of more experimental works depicting hybrid figures that sometimes draw on folklore and myths, to explore our relationships with the natural world, mortality and a probably universal human need for security. These manifest as small mixed media shrines,  sanctuaries and portals that symbolise transition,  reflection and quiet places as well as guardianship of our wild spaces. Starting with a ceramic form she experiments with different metals and other mixed media, rust, verdigris and found objects to allow the work to take shape intuitively. Sometimes the essence of a piece only becomes apparent towards completion. 
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