Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design fine art graduate Jaynie Topping has created a body of work based on our memories, feelings and our connections to the physical surroundings that we inhabit. Topping’s expressive work captures a childlike inquisitive nature as if one were experiencing new emotions brewed up by your physical surroundings.
Regardless of the physical context you stay in, ‘home’ is were the heart is, Topping’s work explains that our environment forcefully but unknowingly imposes itself on our identities making up part of who we are and creating the characters we become. Topping’s work reflects her sense of discovery as well as familiarity, Topping revisits the notion of ‘the mystery of the yet unknown’.
Removing methods, objects and landscapes from their original context and overlaying them Topping challenges the viewers traditional way of seeing thus resulting in the viewer approaching her work with an a inquisitive mind set. Topping describes her work as ‘My paintings, prints and sculptures are invisible footsteps at points on a journey through the country.’
Using abstract objects and images allows Topping to focus on only the essential ‘triigers’ that provoke a memory or a ‘hmm…let me look closer’ moment. In Topping’s words allowing you to ‘wander into your own mindscape.’ You can see more of Jaynie Topping’s work on her website here.