A multi-textured response to Suffolk’s heritage coast.
The Coastal Papers is the new exhibition featuring the work of Suffolk collage artist and graphic designer, Jennifer Peck. It explores the beautiful Suffolk shoreline, visiting places such as Aldeburgh, Walberswick and Felixstowe Ferry, in addition to river spots such as Pin Mill.
Building her textures from a variety of sources, including old maps, photographs and fish ‘n chip wrappers, Jennifer captures the coast in all its rugged simplicity. Her work explores the passing of the years, recognising the slow decay of the old while capturing those timeless elements of seaside existence that appear almost frozen in time. Yet, somehow the mechanics of working life, the boats and, occasionally, wrecks she presents, never feel like relics. Instead, and this is the most striking thing about Jennifer’s art, the ruinous becomes beautiful in its own right, and the work remains uplifting, bright and optimistic. The work that forms The Coastal Papers has an extraordinary ability to whisk you away from the crowds, to a sunny day at a hidden beach, where time ceases to be an issue and we are able to breath in the scene at our leisure.
After studying for a degree in Graphic Design and Illustration at Hertfordshire University, Jennifer returned to Suffolk in 2005 to take up full time employment as a graphic designer. She now takes on freelance projects from her home in Suffolk. Her online store and gallery can be found at www.cuttingclouds.co.uk.
The exhibition will run from Monday 27th June to Saturday 2nd July 2011 at The Ipswich Tourist Information Centre, St Stephen's Church, St Stephen's Lane, Ipswich, IP1 1DP. Opening times are 9am - 5pm, Monday to Saturday.