XANTHÈ JACKSON (1988)
Johannesburg-born, Durban-based multidisciplinay artist Xanthe’ Jackson completed a Diploma in Fine Arts from Rhodes University in 2011. After a stint working with interior designers and architects, she started a pop-up shop, META, selling handmade jewelry and clothing. A move to Durban and the closing of her shop in 2019 paved the way for Jackson to produce art again. She was selected as a top ten finalist in the MTN & UJ Emerging Artist Programme and won first prize in the New Now Next Emerging Artist Awards hosted by Galerie Noko. She is due to embark upon a two-month residency in Gqeberha in September 2021, which precedes a group exhibition.
Jackson is a multidisciplinary abstract artist, whose work is process-driven and detail-oriented. With visual interests invested in texture and exploring the limitations of mediums, resulting in complex abstract works building depth through line, shape and colour, Jackson aims to deal with human connection, society highlighted by the pandemic, social-scapes and insignificant moments. She investigates time as a non-linear concept, using art as a mode of ‘time travel’, through repetition which features heavily in her work in the construction of larger sculptural – and other – works from smaller bodies. Using traditionally ‘feminine’ materials in a masculine manner, or vice-versa, she plays with subversion of gender roles in a balancing act of androgyny.