Jane Pickersgill lives & works in London, with a studio in Deptford. She graduated with an MFA (Fine Art) from Wimbledon College of Art (UAL). Much of her work is informed by social mobility and aspiration, characteristics which are echoed in the gentrification of the local neighbourhood - the outward ripples from the financial district just across the river.
Jane pursued a successful career in fashion design, a field which she draws upon in her inter disciplinary art practice. She co-opts processes associated with textiles, but also employs photography, drawing and painting. Of interest to her is the transformation of banal materials into desirable objects, and the way in which contemporary culture fetishizes these. Architectural edifice operates as a metaphor for aspiration and social mobility. Her enquiries take in urban renewal, the allure of city life, its commodification, and the promise of transformation which it poses to a continual influx of newcomers.
She participated in the Processions 2018 events commemorating the centenary of women's suffrage. Her grandmothers played a formative role in her early upbringing and they were the first generation of women to be enfranchised. Following on from Processions she has been engaged in an ongoing project Honouring my Grandmother......Whilst Escaping her Legacy. It interrogates and celebrates the skills learnt from her grandmother which are being re-contextualised in her practice.
MFA Fine Art. Wimbledon College of Art (UAL).
PTLLS (Preparation to teach in the lifelong learning sector) Lewisham College.
Dip. Management Studies London South Bank University.
BA (Hons) Fashion. Northumbria University.