Our Current Exhibition
By Jai Redman
Jai Redman is a visual artist whose practice includes sculpture, painting and socially engaged public art. After living and working in Salford and Manchester for over a decade, he relocated his studios to Burnley in 2014.
Exhibited here together for the first time are a series of works including two large early drawings. These are pop-art combinations of found images, including a tongue-in-cheek reworking of Landseer’s Monarch of the Glen. Alongside these are an array of cabbage leaves, painted from one single specimen using the fluid gained by boiling the plant down to use as a water colour medium, a work first exhibited in 2017 at Manchester Art Gallery.
There are two new works created for Flora: ‘Studios’ is a series of totemic sculptures using timbers salvaged from the artist’s (now demolished) Manchester and Salford studios. ‘Oak Leaf’ is a large water colour of an oak twig from Burnley’s Scott Park, painted using water from the Brun collected adjacent to the Mechanics, along with water samples gathered by the artist from sites around the world.
Although often appearing to resemble traditional paintings, the works exhibited deal with the artist’s personal experiences as an environmental activist and social justice campaigner – the picture’s intentions and method of creation are comments on our increasing dislocation from the natural world.