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My work is an embedded practice of settling, establishing projects alongside and as part of communities, creating work that has its foundations in a sense of place.

I am often at once artist, curator, maker, participant, producer, citizen and explorer.

Previous projects include permanent public artworks, temporary site-specific or participatory works, sculpture, lettering and sound based installations.

The work is led by Process and Narrative as an applied methodology; creating communal and collective spaces for sharing, inviting others into the creative process and as a means of ‘taking care’ – investing in a strongmaterial focus and making skills that I have built up through my studio practice.

Curation and Gathering are simply a means by which to make on a larger scale. This can include making space for, or creating place for people to gather and linger. I create this with the same authenticity, the same drive and consideration as I approach all of my artworks. This is my artistic contribution to a wider collaborative project.

Creativity is a means of exploring our identity, environment and belonging to a place. I aim for creative process to be a means of problem solving and discovery, opening the opportunity to be part of a wider social dialogue.

Work featured here includes my own studio practice, as well as reflections on collaborative projects – particularly as part of the Stove Network – where I have been a part of the Curatorial Team for the past six years. The Stove is a creative organisation based in Dumfries town centre, running an open community space and projects that hope to inspire and activate positive change for the future of the town and region.

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7 thoughts on “About

  1. Jo Fredric says:

    Leaving uni can be a bit of a daunting thing (which is why I’m quite the advocate for just staying there forever! – I loved uni though), but I’m sure you will do great! Thanks for stopping by and liking our blog too!

    1. katiejand says:

      Leaving has definitely felt somewhat like a slippery slope, or perhaps like standing on a cliff edge without a clear way down – but gradually the period of change is opening out to a new set of directions, and I am excited to see where they will lead! Thanks for your comment 🙂

    1. katiejand says:

      Thank you! I really love what has been done with the Porty Light Box, I’ve spoken to a lot of community councils looking for a purpose for their re-claimed boxes, I shall now point them in your direction for inspiration! The project was originally conceived as a way of interacting, and engaging with the disused space, and getting people back into the forgotten phone box.
      Best Wishes,

      Katie

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