Jill Carter’s quirky, dark and engaging multi-media diverse practice invites us to consider the notion of identity. Her figurative one-off artworks include intuitively developed stitched dolls and scrolls, collagraph and monoprints, photographs, drawings and text. Narratives are explored in contemporary storytelling installations include collections of books, bags, boxes and bundles of created, gathered and gifted objects and offerings.
A background in Fine Art, health and education, she specialises in social engagement, artist in residency projects, exhibitions, installations and workshops. Based in Wiltshire, UK, Jill enjoys and often shares the performative, contemplative ritual making element to her practice, ideas inspired by journeys, both real and imaged, responding to Self, people and place, physical and emotional landscapes, individual and collective hopes, dreams, memories and associations.
After many years in participatory arts, Jill was inspired to stay at home “and badly stitch” the resulting textile storytelling book Dreaming & Stitching. Selected for Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, Drawn, 2013, she was subsequently awarded a residency, exhibition and travel bursary to Italy, which took her in search of the Sybils, mythological women storytellers. She also sought and gained full Arts Council funding, for Curious Narratives 2014, an artist-led year long travelling project, which culminated with her residency at Lacock Abbey, in partnership with National Trust, Wiltshire, where she enjoyed being installed as a sociable hermit. Subsequent exhibitions of one off artworks, include solo show Things we Take with Us, 2015, at the Museum in the Park, as part of the SIT/SELECT, Stroud. She is a regular exhibitor at the RWA Bristol, is now a Network Member. She has recently been developing her love of printing and her works have been shown as part of National Original Print Exhibition, London. Her collagraph plate The Oracle selected as part of the Royal Academy, London, Summer Exhibition, 2016.