Jenny Purrett’s work is made in response to her surroundings. She collects materials, both discarded and natural, to reappropriate, recraft and reuse.
Drawing and installation are also fundamental to her practice. She explores the process of mark-making and object-making through a variety of materials and methods including gunpowder, graphite powder, shotgun cartridges, wool, Japanese paper, pastel, pigment, earth, charcoal, sticks, berry juice, etching and lithography.
In early 2017 Jenny Purrett undertook an AA2A (Artist Access to Art Colleges) residency at National Glass Centre. AA2A is a project that provides placements for visual artists and designer makers in Higher and Further Education institutions across England. Jenny used the opportunity to develop her drawing and making skills using unfamiliar glass and ceramic processes. She has utilised waste materials from workshops, collected remnants of industrial processes found washed up on local beaches and reworked existing drawings and objects. The outcome is a body of work which evolved through her experience of being in Sunderland and working alongside staff and students at National Glass Centre at the University of Sunderland.