Jess Flood-Paddock

How Did a Stork with a Spear Through Its Neck Solve the Mystery?

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Year 2020
Medium Pencil and pen on paper
Dimensions 29.7 x 21 cm

About the work

The Arrow Stork: In 1822 a hunter near Mecklenburg, Germany, shot down a stork with an 80 cm long Central African spear made of black wood impaled in its neck. When scientists realised the spear was from Africa, it provided the first concrete evidence for long-distance bird migration and the survival instinct of the Stork.

About the artist:

Born 1977 London, Jessie Flood-Paddock lives and works in London. Graduated from The London School at the Art Institute of Chicago (1999); the Slade School of Fine Art (2000); and MA Royal College of Art (2005).

“Being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis has forced me to re-assess what is truly important to articulate in my work and has limited my ability to continue making large-scale sculpture. It is therefore the perfect point in my career to undertake a drawing for Drawing Room. I have some experience of wall painting (e.g., Just Loom in Japanese Sumi inks, shown in Marfa, US) that demonstrates I can transition to 2D, but nonetheless it is a substantial change that requires a sustained period of experimentation, risk taking and personal development.

I plan to make drawings in ink on Perspex in future artworks. My new approach to making will be flexible to ensure that what I produce is timely and that my personal expression is depersonalised. By incorporating intriguing imagery, the content will hint at the lack of certainty and sense of waiting that pervades the global community now.”

Selected solo exhibitions include Refinding: Jessie Flood Paddock and Kenneth Armitage, The Tetley, Leeds (2017); Nude, Carl Freedman Gallery, London (2014); Chutzpah, The Schtip, Sheffield (2013); The Box: Jess Flood-Paddock, Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London (2013); Art Now: Jess Flood-Paddock, Tate Britain, London (2012); X, Grimm Gallery, Amsterdam (2012); In the belly of the whale (act III), Centro Cultural Montehermoso, Vitoria-Gasteiz (2012); and Gangstas Paradise, Hayward Gallery project space, London (2011). Selected group exhibitions include Breaking the Mould: Sculpture by Women since 1945, Arts Council Collection Touring Exhibition, Longside Gallery, Yorkshire Sculpture Park and touring (2021); That Continuous Thing: Artists and the Ceramics Studio, 1920 – Today, Tate, St Ives (2017); Äppärät, Ballroom Marfa, Texas (2015); Many a Slip, Marsden Woo, London (2015); The Influence of Furniture on Love, Wysing Arts Centre,  Cambridge (2014); Hey I’m Mr Poetic, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge (2014); Reclaimed- The Second Life of Sculpture, Glasgow International Festival, The Briggait, Glasgow (2014); Open Heart Surgery, The Moving Museum at 180 The Strand, London (2013); and British British Polish Polish: Art from Europes Edges in the Long 90’s and Today, CSW Ujadowski Castle, Warsaw (2013).

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