Jehu has been my main point of inspiration for my commencement of ideas for this assignment. Jehu works mainly on site but takes objects home that she finds in landscapes, to do more detailed drawings in her studio. I was first attracted to her striking visual energy in her pieces and as I researched further her involvement within a landscape really captured me, as I thought this is something I could take forward.
Below is an image of Jehu experimenting on site at Kimmeridge Bay in Dorset. She draws with found objects; feathers, seaweed etc using acrylic and ink. Jehu mentions that she is fascinated by the marks that are created with these materials along with the energy they convey in a piece, due to having less control over them. Jehu feels a physical connection to a place when drawing on site and with the materials she finds. This is something I am extremely interested in taking through my work. (Jindra Jehu, 2017)
Fig. 1. Jindra working on site (2016)
I emailed her asking some questions about her work:
I was wondering whether you would kindly be able to answer some questions I have. I am currently completing a degree in Fine Art and at the moment I am on my final part for the drawing unit. I am from Dorset, but currently living in London. My chosen theme/subject is landscape and I came across your work whilst conducting some research. I love your drawings and your engagement with the work is so clearly visible. I consider myself a nervous drawer as it’s not my strong point but I’ve been desperate to learn to draw in the way you do and other artists that draw in a more gestural way, using marks, lines and emotions. What inspired you to draw this way? How do you start a drawing? I am planning to get down to Dorset tomorrow for a while to do some large drawings on site, including the beach and the forest. So how do you start drawing when you get to a place? Do you start by conducting mark making? Does a drawing have to look like what you drawing from? I understand you must be very busy but I would love to hear from you. I am really trying to grasp gestural drawing and show my engagement with the piece. Thank you in advance. Many thanks, Alice
This was her reply:
Lovely to hear that you have been drawn to some of my work. My approach to drawing has always been to explore and experiment with media and materials. It takes time and perseverance to establish a visual language for yourself and mine is continually evolving. I enjoy working on a large scale as it offers the opportunity to be physical and involve the whole body with mark making, and the action/energy involved in the painting/drawing is mirrored in the piece. I try to capture some of the energy of a place when working on smaller pieces too (Further info on my working process can be found on the landscape page of the website) A couple of general tips that may help you are to start in a sketchbook, this affords you time to settle in to the place and ‘be’. Make a few quick sketches that are more to do with seeing and getting a feel for the place than a finished piece. You could try drawing exercises such as using a continuous line or not taking your eye off the subject to do this. Another tip is to work on a number of drawings which will prevent you from getting too precious and will encourage experimentation, with marks and media. Above all don’t become discouraged if things don’t work out as you expect. Your drawing is a process of discovery and sometimes unexpected things happen. Some you may like some you may not. I sometimes find freedom when a drawing ‘goes wrong’. It can allow free reign to experiment, as you no longer care too much about the finished result. Returning to work in the same place on a number of occasions helps too, as you get to know a place and learn different things about it. I also make collections of found objects from a place as a means of further exploration and discovery. Finally If you have the opportunity when in Dorset, visit Sladers Yard in West Bay. There is an exhibition by another artist you may like. Francis Hatch works outside a great deal, using materials from the environment in her work.
Have fun and enjoy the journey,
Below are some images of her work. I was completely captivated by her use of colour, line and energy that she creates in her pieces.
Jindra uses various medias such as; oil pastel, ink, watercolour, charcoal, pencil, biro, plaster, acrylic.
Jindra Jehu (2017) http://www.jindrajehu.co.uk/about.html (Accessed on 10th August 2017)
Figure 1. Jehu, J. (2016) Untitled [photograph] At: https://www.jindrajehu.co.uk/about.html (Accessed on 10 August 2017)
Figure 2. Jehu, J (2016) Drifter [ink and mixed media on panel] At: https://www.jindrajehu.co.uk/ocean-drifters.html (Accessed on 10 August 2017)
Figure 3. Jehu, J (2016) Ocean Drifter Portland Bill [ink on watercolour paper] At: https://www.jindrajehu.co.uk/ocean-drifters.html (Accessed on 10 August 2017)
Figure 4. Jehu, J. (2016) Ocean Drifter, Portland Bill II [charcoal on Fabriano] At: http:// http://www.jindrajehu.co.uk/ocean-drifters.html (Accessed on 10th August 2017)
Figure 5. Jehu, J. (2016) Abbotsbury Knot [ink and biro on paper] At: http://www.jindrajehu.co.uk/ ocean-drifters.html (Accessed on 10th August 2017)
Figure 6. Jehu, J. (2016) Tempest [ink on plaster] At: http://www.jindrajehu.co.uk/seascapes.html (Accessed on 10th August 2017)
Figure 7. Jehu, J. (2014) Kimmeridge Rockshelf [ink and acrylic on paper] At: http:// http://www.jindrajehu.co.uk/seascapes.html (Accessed on 10th August 2017)
Figure 8. Jehu, J. (2015) Beach litter study II [ink on paper] At: http://www.jindrajehu.co.uk/ seascapes.html (Accessed on 10th August 2017)
Figure 9. Jehu, J. (2015) Shore dump [pastel on paper] At: http://www.jindrajehu.co.uk/ seascapes.html (Accessed on 10th August 2017)
Figure 10. Jehu, J. (2016) River Dart II [charcoal on paper] At: http://www.jindrajehu.co.uk/ landscape.html (Accessed on 10th August 2017)
Figure 11. Jehu, J. (2016) River Dart I [charcoal on paper] At: http://www.jindrajehu.co.uk/ landscape.html (Accessed on 10th August 2017)
Figures 12 & 13. Jehu, J. Sketchbook [mixed media] At: http://www.jindrajehu.co.uk/landscape.html (Accessed on 10th August 2017)