MA Fine Art // Edinburgh College of Art ’20
Jody is an artist and facilitator based in Edinburgh, whose work revolves around the notion that art can ultimately be a playful enquiry that oozes joy.
“The hierarchical structuring of institutional spaces within the arts and the rituals visitors are required to enact within them, provide the stimulus for my work. I explore this by utilising colour, shape and materiality as a medium to subvert the seriousness of institutional spaces and playfully reconstruct them through my interventions. Drawing, collage and the making of maquettes provide the preliminary means of envisaging potential encounters between visitors, my artwork and the environment in which they are situated.
I view these modes of exploration as an artistic playground where I am able to mishmash and meld components together to construct a composition. Drawing is like writing to me due to the fluid and impulsive nature of the mark-making. It is like my subconscious rambling and scrolling of the mind and how I make sense of spatial sensations and the relationship between forms in two-dimensional surfaces; preliminary processes of two-dimensional enquiry are a vital prelude to collaging within the three-dimensional realm.
I achieve this through translating my drawings into small-scale models and maquettes, which aim to explore how my work can directly engage with architectural spaces. Through this process of translating propositional modes of investigation from two-dimensions to three-dimensions, I then scale-up the models to conceive immersive installations or architectural interventions to ultimately seek confrontation and playful disruption of the dynamical barriers experienced within institutional spaces”.
Jody’s previous exhibitions include shows at ECA, the Dundas Street Gallery and Central Library in Edinburgh. She also organised and curated the Embassy Gallery’s annual member’s show as part of her role as an intern there last year.
As founder of sadgrads2020, she has built a community platform for UK art school graduates who had their degree shows cancelled due to Covid-19. The platform aims to instigate a sense of solidarity amongst UK art schools, to create a network for people that is out with their current art school, provide a platform for people to promote their work, create opportunities for emerging artists and to, importantly, inspire people to be proud of what they’ve achieved in their duration of time at art school. She believes that these networks of care and support are vital within society.
90 x 50 cm
30 x 20 cm
ERASMUS Programme, UMPRUM, Prague.
2015 – 2020
MA Fine Art, Edinburgh College of Art.
Degree Show, Edinburgh College of Art, Online.
ECA//10Design, 10Design, Edinburgh.
MAFAF*CKERS, Edinburgh College of Art.
Buffering, Edinburgh College of Art.
Mishmash, Edinburgh College of Art.
Fine and Dandy, Edinburgh Central Library.
54321, Edinburgh College of Art.
Its probs all still drying lol, Edinburgh College of Art.
Pissoirée, Dundas Street Gallery, Edinburgh.
The New Laboratory, Edinburgh Student Art Festival, Custom Lane.
Graduates of Today Residency, Hidden Door, Online.
The Artists Contemporary Instagram Takeover
‘My Degree Show is Cancelled…’ by the White Pube in Dazed Digital
‘How Are Final Year Art Students Dealing…’ by Paul Toner in 10Magazine
‘How Instagram Became a Tool of Resistance…’ by Rosalind Duguid in Elephant Mag
‘Virtual Degree Shows…’ by Maddy Williamson in The List
‘The Plight of Women in the Arts’ by Jody Mulvey in Mxogny
Canvas Magazine (‘Absurdity ‘ Issue #8)
Curating Conversation with Leo Sartain
2020 – Present
Founder of sadgrads2020
Internship at Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh.
2018 – 2020
Volunteer Tutor at Grassmarket Community Project, Edinburgh.