JEWETT’S SCULPTURES ARE HANDMADE AND PAINTED WITH NO MORE TOOLS THAN FINGERS AND A PAINTBRUSH. BY VIRTUE OF THIS PRIMAL PROCESS, EACH CREATION IS COMPLETELY UNIQUE AND PRODUCED IN A FLUID AND INTUITIVE MANNER. THE PROCESS BEGINS WITH A HANDMADE METAL ARMATURE OVER WHICH LIGHTWEIGHT CLAY IS SCULPTED. THE PAINTING IS DONE WITH ACRYLIC OR OIL PIGMENTS AND THE EMBEDDED EYES ARE GLASS OR ACRYLIC. WHEN COMPLETE THE WHOLE PIECE IS GLAZED TO INTENSIFY COLOUR AND STRENGTH. WITH INSPIRATION DERIVED FROM ANIMAL PHYSIOLOGY AND A LOVE OF THE FANTASTIC, GROTESQUE AND ABSURD, EACH SCULPTURE IS UNIQUE AND PERSONABLE. THE IMMENSELY DETAILED CRAFTSMANSHIP IS RICH AND THOUGHTFUL.
AS PART OF HER CREATIVE AND FLOWING ARTISTIC PRACTICE, JEWETT STRIVES TO FREE HER WORK FROM MATERIALS WITH TOXIC PROPERTIES, SUCH AS GLAZES, PAINTS, AND FINISHES. THIS GREATLY LIMITS WHAT SHE CAN USE, BUT AT THE SAME TIME, INCITES HER IMAGINATION AND MAKES HER WORK EVEN MORE UNIQUE. “WHERE POSSIBLE I SOURCE THE NATURAL, THE LOCAL, THE LOW IMPACT AND, ALWAYS, THE AUTHENTIC,” SHE USES A RICH REGIME OF MATERIALS TO CREATE HER MIXED MEDIA SCULPTURES. JEWETT’S PRACTICE IS NOT STATIC BUT EVOLVES CONTINUOUSLY WITH AN OBSESSIVE EYE TO REFINEMENT: “HOW I MADE SCULPTURE LAST YEAR IS NOT HOW I MAKE THEM NOW.”
JEWETT MAKES THE SCULPTURES FROM THE INSIDE OUT, LAYERING MATERIALS AND UTILIZING NEGATIVE SPACE TO CREATE HOLLOWED WORKS THAT FLOW INTO THE AIR AROUND THEM: DENSE FRAMES UNRAVEL INTO BREEZY FOLIAGE AND EMPTY SPACE, CREATING HABITATS FOR FLUTTERING, SCULPTED BIRDS. THE RESULTS OF THESE DISENTANGLED BODIES ARE CREATURES THAT SPEAK THEIR STRENGTHS VIA EXPRESSIONS OF LIGHTNESS, VULNERABILITY, AND EMOTION. JEWETT DESCRIBES THIS EFFECT: “Over time I find my sculptures are evolving to be of greater emotional presence by using less physical substance: I subtract more and more to increase the negative space. The element of weight, which has always seemed so fundamentally tied to the medium of sculpture, is stripped away and the laws of gravity are no longer in full effect. In reading the stories contained in each piece we are forced to acknowledge their emotional gravity cloaked as it is in the light, the feminine, the fragile, and the unknowable.”