LYNN JACKSON BIO
Lynn Jackson is an artist and educator with thirty years of experience in gallery and studio management, art-making, exhibiting, and creative education. In 2009, she founded the Children’s Art Studio, a community-based education studio located at Artscape Wychwood Barns. Her studio welcomes over 200 families annually, visits schools, and partners on special events.
Recent projects include a fundraiser with Sick Kids Hospital and supporting the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s 100th-anniversary celebration. In addition to managing the Children’s Art Studio and the Peter MacKendrick Community Gallery, Lynn maintains an art practice
rooted in sculpture and installation. She has exhibited in several galleries and exhibitions, received awards for her Knitted Memory series, and has work included in prominent art collections. Deeply committed to the community, Lynn serves on Artscape’s Non-Profit Homes Inc. Housing Board, WAAB (Wychwood Barns Art Advisory Board), and is the Executive Secretary at the Neilson Park Creative Centre.
Myth and Memory
2006 Artcast Inc Award, Sculptors Society of Canada
2005 Sculpture Award, Toronto Outdoor Art Show, Nathan Philips Square
2005 Student Award for Sculpture, Toronto Outdoor Art Show, Nathan Philips Square
by John Hiscock,
London Daily Telegraph
Toronto artist Lynn Jackson calls on old photographs, her mother’s recollections and her own childhood memories to provide much of the inspiration for her prize-winning sculptures.
Using textile techniques taught to her by her mother many years ago, coupled with her experience of goldsmithing and costume design, Lynn knits metal wire which, for some works, she combines with felted and dyed wool to meticulously recreate the birthday dresses, nightgowns, bonnets and booties she wore as a little girl.
From recreating her childhood clothing it was a natural progression to the toys she played with and, working in her studio in downtown Toronto, she has used the same methods to produce intricately detailed sculptures of Tabitha Twitchit, Peter Rabbit, the Mopsey Bunnies, Raggedy Anne and other friends from her childhood.
Although the work is nostalgically evocative, the appearance of fragility is deceptive, and her technique has won her awards at the Sculptors’ Society of Canada and at the Toronto Outdoor Art Show, while winning critics’ acclaim at exhibitions across Canada.
Born in Canada of English parents, Lynn spent her formative years in both Liverpool and St. Catherines. She studied Costume Design at Niagara College Shaw Festival Theatre School and spent three years in the Jewellery Arts Program at George Brown College in Toronto, where she studied gemology and diamond grading.
Artscape Wychwood Barns Studio
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