Jenny Steele is a Scottish visual artist based in Manchester, UK. Her work references 20th century architecture and interiors, and has explored post-colonial, post-industrial and modernist sites. She is interested in the permanent nature of architecture and its ability to both withstand and embody changing governance, social and personal histories, admiring architectures Utopian capacity to constantly look forwards and re-imagine a better future.
By exploring structural and decorative aspects of architecture and interiors, she processes selected elements through drawing, sculpture, printmaking and animation. For the past three years, her practice has predominantly explored mid war modernist architecture and interiors, pulling from its utopian idealism, sometimes creating pseudo furnishings that sit in between art and functional object. She is interested in the boundaries between the disciplines of making in craft, design and fine art.
Jenny Steele has exhibited widely in the UK and in China, Japan, Europe, Australia and USA. Solo exhibitions include ‘An Architecture of Joy’, Grundy Art Gallery (2016), ‘Looking Back|Moving Forwards’, In Certain Places, Preston, ‘The Fair’ a multi- site exhibition at Glasgow Open House Art Festival (2015), ‘Why buildings stand up/ Why buildings fall down’ at Malgras|Naudet, Manchester (2013) and ‘Redirection and Network Timeout’ at 501 Artspace, Chongqing China (2011). She is currently AA2A Artist in Residence at University of Central Lancashire (2016-17). Past residencies include Manchester School of Art (2012), In Certain Places, Preston (2012) and at Sichuan Fine Art Institute, Chongqing, China (2011).
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