Jess Kidd

2017 Art Trail

I was born in Harrogate in 1986 and spent my childhood in Burley and Keighley. As a young child I had difficulty talking. I would rather be under a table pretending to be a dog, but my patient mum filled my life with creative things to do. As I grew into an awkward teenager I learnt how I could use art to express myself, and during my degree at Central Saint Martins, I explored language theory.

I have huge respect for Art Therapy and after several years working in education, it was therapy that brought me back to my art recently where again I used it as a tool, but this time for rehabilitation after suffering the isolating effects of Tuberculosis.

In my recent, mixed media work, I explore our relationships with our oldest animal companion, the dog. I have always been intrigued by dogs, but it was not until this period of recuperation that a small, scruffy creature came into my life. A complex, troubled terrier called Tinda was critical to my physical and emotional recovery. She became a subject to study in my painting, and this fascination has now extended to other people’s relationships with their canine companions.

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