‘Seed Head Queen’


Describing the body of work she has made for this exhibition, Jayne says: ‘This head dress may only be worn on Harvest Moon to enter into the Faerie Kingdom to thank them for a plentiful harvest and give them their gift share now that all is safely gathered in. Always carry a sprig of Ivy to ensure return to this world and do not join in any dancing. There may be help to get back but this cannot be relied upon. Do not show the Ivy until you need to as it can cause disquiet. All luck goes with you on your quest.


Harvest is such an exhausting time for the farming family and also nerve wrecking as the winter feed for the animals can all be destroyed in an afternoons rain! It is with celebrating when all is safely gather in indeed.’

Mediums and dimensions: glassine paper, brown paper, satin ribbon, gold buckle, seed beads, acrylicpaint; 45cm tall x 50cms wide.


Artist Bio

Jayne Cherry is an artist living and working in the countryside of Co.Down. Having been born into a large family on an organic farm in Northern Ireland, she has been brought up with a deep respect for the ground we walk on and all who breath upon it. Farming without chemicals, rearing animals without medicine and holistic practises were learnt from an early age. Close observation of nature, weather, skilled animal husbandry care and exposure to death and sadness lead her too wanting to have a deeper understanding of these subjects.


A career in nursing and progressing into making art work that stems from that was very natural; working closely with and acceptance of pain, degeneration and death explains her penchant for spiky, uncomfortable and difficult subjects which can confront us all at some stage. Automatic drawing and painting, textile investigation with natural elements and performance allow exchanges that result in touchable elements. These are then ‘stitched together’ too precipitate an outcome using skills which are old and new. Performance actions keep Jayne attached to the realness of her existence by helping her to open closed areas to expose raw, tender experiences that inform her sculptural and text work.

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