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Jody Mulvey

Jody Mulvey (she/her) is an artist and facilitator based in Scotland, whose work revolves around the notion that art can ultimately be a playful enquiry that oozes joy.

The hierarchical structuring of institutional spaces within the arts and the rituals visitors are required to enact within them, provide the stimulus for her artistic practice. She explores this by utilising colour, shape and materiality as a medium to subvert the seriousness of institutional spaces and playfully reconstruct them through her interventions. Drawing, collage and the making of maquettes provide the preliminary means of envisaging potential encounters between visitors, her artwork and the environment in which they are situated. Drawing, collage and the making of maquettes provide the preliminary means of envisaging potential encounters between visitors, her artwork and the environment in which they are situated. She views these modes of exploration as an artistic playground where she is able to mishmash and meld components together to construct a composition. Drawing is like writing to her due to the fluid and impulsive nature of the mark-making. It is like her subconscious rambling and scrolling of the mind and how she makes sense of spatial sensations and the relationship between forms in two-dimensional surfaces; preliminary processes of two-dimensional enquiry are a vital prelude to collaging within the three-dimensional realm.

As founder of @sadgrads2020, she has built a community platform for UK art school graduates who had their degree shows cancelled due to COVID-19. The platform aims to instigate a sense of solidarity amongst UK art schools, to create a network for people that is out with their current art school, provide a platform for people to promote their work, create opportunities for emerging artists and to, importantly, inspire people to be proud of what they’ve achieved in their duration of time at art school. She believes that these networks of care and support are vital within society. She has published two volumes of a SADGRADS2020 zine in collaboration with Ruben Buffery that includes the work of 102 contributors from across the UK. The platform has also been featured on Dazed (by The White Pube), The Elephant Mag and 10Magazine.

Selected Exhibitions

Upcoming: The Doom Gloom and Stuck in Your Room Report @ Zierferblat, London

THIS IS TOMORROW CALLING (WISHING YOU WERE HERE) @ Zembla Gallery, Hawick
Current: Global Graduate Show | Arts Thread in Partnership with i-D and Gucci **SHORTLISTED ARTIST**

Gradcurate Summer 2020 Online Exhibition

2020: a fish you have already caught @ Battersea Park, London
2019: Fine and Dandy @ Edinburgh Central Library
2018: Pissoirée @ Dundas Street Gallery, Edinburgh
2017: The New Laboratory | Edinburgh Student Art Festival @ Custom Lane, Edinburgh

Selected Features

2020: Selected artist for feature in a-n The Artist Information Co.’s “Class of 2020 Degree Show Coverage”

“My degree show was cancelled…” by The White Pube in Dazed Digital
”HOW ARE FINAL YEAR ART SCHOOL STUDENTS DEALING…” by Paul Toner in 10Magazine “How Instagram Became a Tool…” by Rosalind Duguid in The Elephant Mag
“Virtual degree shows…” By Maddy Williamson in The List

Featured artist in “Art review: Edinburgh College of Art Degree Show 2020 Online” by Duncan Macmillan in The Scotsman
Featured artist in “The Edinburgh College of Art Graduate Show 2020” by Leo Sartain in ARTMAG