Jenny Core on her Drawing Processes

Posted by Jenny Core on 09th August 2013

“Drawing is taking a line for a walk”

Paul Klee, Artist

Visual artist, as featured by The Guardian, Jenny Core talks about her drawing processes.

Explosions, splats and spills are amongst the many experimental processes, which are involved in my drawings...

Studio shot: Ink and bubble solution.

Studio shot: Ink and bubble solution

Why drawing?

I've become fascinated with drawing as a medium increasingly over the years.  At first it was mainly used as a tool for realising and planning my ideas, or even therapeutic doodling. What I love most about drawing is its ‘unique’ quality, making a mark that no other can do identically. The more marks I made to show an object on a page, the more I started to wonder if I could capture the essence of an object by drawing with it and not observing it.

“Each person draws a line differently and each person understands works differently”

    Sol Le Witt, Artist.

In the studio: pencil, biro and watercolour detail. In the studio: pencil, biro and watercolour detail.

In the studio: pencil, biro and watercolour detail.

The process...

I started to explore a combination of bubble solution, graphite and ink which, within time led to performative processes. I capture the object on paper. It dissolves, explodes and ceases to exist in its current form. What remains is a mark of an object that once existed, a moment captured in time.

I enjoy the idea of having a physical object, an object which can only exist in a certain moment (in some cases in certain conditions) and trying to capture an essence of its being. I started to realise that I was changing the state of my materials for them to permanently alter, and in turn creating an everlasting change. 

Studio Shot: frozen ink and water solution


The forms that were soaked into the paper were hard to understand on there own. They were flat and lifeless marks. Using pencils, inks and watercolours, I manipulated and appropriated them to create playful abstract scenes.

What I am doing in my practice is moving my drawings out of the privacy of my sketch book and removing them from this Modernist view of drawing (as a process led medium, a stepping-stone to another medium). Since the Modernist period, drawing has become very ‘accepted’ in the art world with more artists challenging the concept of drawing and ‘exposing’ their drawing ideas and works – it is drawing as the final outcome rather than a prepatory process.


“Provisional, quotidian, humble and unassuming, the practice of drawing was often overlooked by critics and curators during the Modernist period. But since the later 1960s, an emphasis on material processes, conceptual operations and bodily actions has led to a resurgence of interest in the notational and indexical properties of drawing.”

Dr. Anna Lovatt, Art Historian.

The Organic Man, shortlisted for the neo:artprize 2013

The Organic Man, shortlisted for the neo:artprize 2013

Current arty happenings

I am currently exploring different drawing techniques and processes in the studio. I want to create innovative ways of working with drawing and alter how we perceive drawing and imagery. My most recent works addressing pareidolias: randomly occurring shapes and forms, will be shown for the first time in Some Misunderstanding. The exhibition, curated by Sevie Tsampalla, brings together eight artists from across Europe, the U.S. and the North West of England. This exhibit explores how misunderstandings can lead to everything from amusing mistakes to amplified experiences of the world. Some Misunderstanding runs from 8th August - 18th August at Castlefield Gallery, Manchester. (Admission is free!) 

Growing Rocks, frozen ink and water solution and pencil, 2013

Growing Rocks, frozen ink and water solution and pencil, 2013

Scatter #2 Jenny Core

Scatter #2 Jenny Core

Manchester Jenny Core

Manchester Jenny Core


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