Curatorial Art Practice in Ramsgate and beyond

Andrea Medjesi – Jones: VENTRILOQUIST

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Andrea Medjesi-Jones asks questions as to what painting can be: What is this practice that produces not just objects but trajectories across them?  A medium that is free from the photographic ‘that-has-been’ and which disrupts our clean-cut concepts of past and present?  This is the deep sense of history that painting can possess. One of the most terrifying things I have ever heard is a field recording of a thirteen year old girl – possibly from Siberia – performing a shamanistic ritual. The voice was below male bass baritone, a growl almost inhuman.  This was the girl ‘connecting with her ancestors’- the lost voices of the past: in a visceral and physical invocation.  Stripped of any such ritual, painting can be a more matter-of-fact articulation of other voices, with the painter remaining consciously focused on the multivalent possibilities of the image.  Ventriloquism may well be a perfect metaphor for Medjesi-Jones’ surrogate subjects – a constructed vehicle that must project many voices and intertwine them in a new dialogue.  Painting is a force-field of these projected voices and Medjesi-Jones bravely, in my opinion, takes up this challenge. © David Ryan  June 2013

Andrea Medjesi - Jones, Work or Riot, 2012, acrylic, oil and pigment on canvas, 170cm x 170cm

Andrea Medjesi – Jones, Work or Riot, 2012, acrylic, oil and pigment on canvas, 170cm x 170cm

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