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Jemma Watts

*If you are looking for my most recent works please go to Urbanmancy *


I am proud to say I am now part of XVI Collective, a diverse group of artists committed to peer support and opening new opportunities up around the world.


My current work is concerned with the psychogeography of cities, exploring the idea of the sacred and mystical in the modern world, and specifically urban environments. It seems to me that something that is shaped by the will of so many human minds over hundreds of years must have a higher significance.

So, I have started to pay attention to unacknowledged but familiar sights that exist in cities, derelict buildings, wasteground, markings on the pavement to show where road works will happen, obsolete configurations of pipe work. The work I am developing tries to read meaning into these things and spaces, the markings become the trace of ritual magic performed the night before, the derelict buildings become the spaces that cults gather, wasteground reforms into scared stone circles, pipework secret signs to summon daemons.

Some initial explorations of these ideas that focus on street furniture and signs. These objects are repeatable and so mundane that they are hardly perceived by the habitual city-dweller, but they instruct and dictate our movements, guiding us through the maze of the city, enforcing an underlying set of rules.

Based in my home town of Norwich, I graduated with a BA (hons) in Visual Studies in 2004 from the Norwich Universtity College of the Arts. I am currently working as an freelance educator for various institutions including the Sainsbury's Centre for Visual Art and Norwich Art Centre.

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© Jemma Watts 2015