Jenny West creates work that springs from the concept and process of drawing. Using thread and taught lines, she then links points in space. Often referring directly to the architectural surroundings, her work creates a subtle but powerful impact on the place it occupies. West exploits the mathematical perspective and geometry of domestic objects such as sieves and funnels to produce delicate three-dimensional drawings. By working directly onto the walls of the YSP Centre, she extended the pencil lines beyond or beneath flat surfaces with taut cotton or nylon threads. Entrance is a tangible and direct response to the building. It links and weaves around corners, appears to pierce solid walls, cuts through and hovers over voids and presents an elusive interplay between space, material, light and perspective. Her installations are not imposing but rather draw attention to hidden spaces of details within a building.
Like a drawing on paper, Jenny West's installation for the Centre was developed as she created the work. West is particularly conscious of an architect’s vision for a building, and responds to the light and function of the space. Her installations are not imposing but rather draw attention to hidden spaces of details within a building. The development of West’s practice echoes that of drawing through the history of art. This evolution began with West pinning pieces of paper onto walls to accommodate the scale of her two-dimensional drawings. Boundaries of art and material were then breached as pencil lines were extended onto the walls, and finally freed into space with the use of thread.
The result is a detailed, precise presence that defines and responds to the architecture and light which floods the building.
Recently an AHRB fellow at Loughborough University, Jenny West has been working with YSP for over a year. Using the Camellia House and other YSP buildings to inspire part of her research, the location of Entrance greets all visitors to the park.