We talk to AOH brochure cover artist, Daisy Jordan
Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your background as an artist?
I’m a visual artist, maker and puppeteer, born and raised in Dartford, currently based in Brighton. I studied Fine Art Painting at the University of Brighton from 2006-2009.
How did you become a puppeteer?
I discovered my love for puppets after taking an evening class with artist Isobel Smith shortly after graduating, in which I created a life-sized orangutan complete with bonnet and dress. Since then, I have created and performed in my own puppet shows, often inspired by history and folklore, such as The Sorrowful Tale of Sleeping Sidney based on the Brighton Chocolate Poisoner. I have regularly performed since 2010 as puppeteer and singing waitress at Jane Bom-Bane’s cafe in Brighton, which I feel really helped shape me as an artist and performer, and played a big part in directing my path.
What are the influences and themes of your work?
Storytelling is a really important part of my practice, whether that story be told through painting, a puppet show or my cardboard assemblage pieces. My work tends to explore the boundary between human and “other”, with a particular focus on non-human primates. For me, our ever changing relationship with, and perception of, our simian cousins encapsulates our complicated engagement with the natural world in a more general sense. Hovering on the seeming boundary between human and other, monkeys and apes have always provoked in us feelings of fascination and discomfort, and this, as a result, has led to their exploitation. I enjoy playfully exploring this boundary by showing apes and monkeys in “human” environments, such as the AOH brochure cover piece Olive Baboons on Rooftops.
The Old Market,
11a Upper Market Street, Hove BN3 1AS
27th April -31st May
Weekdays: 13.00–17.00 + when venue is open for performances
Take a look at Daisy’s short films: Experiments in Animation
Find out more about Daisy Jordan at www.daisyjordan.co.uk