I graduated with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art at UCA Canterbury (formally known as KIAD). As part of my degree I studied as an exchange student at the Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath Art College in Bangalore. I studied in South India ten years ago and over the decade I have produced art work often inspired by my travels. My paintings are very modern and colourful and I am interested in India’s diverse spirituality and culture. During my visit to India I also improvised with materials and often created mixed-media art pieces using recycled materials. My art practice consists of textile art, digital prints, installations and sculptures.
I was selected for the Pizza Express Prospects Art competition in 2003 to find one the country’s leading artists. The piece of work I produced was a video called ‘Contrasts’ which overlapped images of Western and Eastern women. I have also exhibited at ‘Flash Machine’ in Ramsgate where Isle of Thanet Arts director Phil Oldfield said it was one of the bests shows they had staged. I was also an artist in residence at Minster College and made a giant art installation at the school funded by the Widening Participation in 2005. I became an Art teacher in 2006 and worked at Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School in Faversham for two years and now currently work at Folkestone School for Girls in Folkestone.
Jennifer Hedley currently lives and works in the UK.