Ije (MA) (pronounced Eee J) is based in Rugby - mainly a conceptual/expressionist abstract landscape painter + prose, installation, photography, video & curation.
She makes work in response to corporeal encounters running/walking/dwelling; near expanses of water, sky and ‘natural’ land; undertaking durational activity, enabling the philosophical / conceptual elements to merge with the physical, the labour, the process of creating, testing and making; documenting as a sensing being; absorbing and responding to her encounters with time, space and place. In 2016 Ije covered more than 2016 km (1,253 miles) & is aiming for 2017 in 2017.
Repetition, pattern, performance and gesture are prominent during her activities and then making processes In the studio, where she translocates her rhythmical, repetitive involvement, through mark making, layering, words and labour onto surfaces. She works predominantly in acrylics and oils plus other materials such as yarn, paper, sparkly things and found objects to create tactile, vibrant work. She is currently developing the use of photography/video, weaving it with her poetry and integrating within installations.
SUMMER EXHIBITION 2017: KUNSTHUIS Art Gallery, Crayke, N. Yorks; Jun to Aug 2017
LAND MARKS - An Exploration of Land Sea and Skies of the British Isles (Warwickshire Open Studios Spring Exhibition): Rugby Train Station, Rugby; Apr 2017 (curator)
FERENS OPEN EXHIBITION: Ferens Gallery, Hull; Jan to Mar 2017
MIDLANDS & YORKSHIRE ARTISTS: Old Market Gallery, Rotherham; Jan/Feb 2017
STRANGE ATTRACTORS - MA Show: Birmingham School of Art, Birmingham; Sep 2016
DESTINATION ANYWHERE (Warwickshire Open Studios Spring Exhibition): Rugby Train Station, Rugby; Mar/Apr 2016; Co-curator as part of KIT (Karina Cabanikova, Ije and Tammy Woodrow)
RUGBY OPEN EXHIBITION: Rugby Art Gallery & Museum, Rugby; Sep 2015 to Jan 2016
A LINE DRAWN FROM THE EYE TO THE SUMMIT – MA Show: Birmingham School of Art, Birmingham; Sep 2015
A PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS …… BEEP Wales International Contemporary Painting Prize 2014: Elysium Gallery, The Old Iceland Building, Swansea; Oct/Nov 2014
LOOK: AMA Selected Works: Gallery 150, Leamington Spa; Oct 2014; (AMA - Association of Midland Artists)
ViewPONT: PREPOSITIONS OF LANDSCAPE: The Works Gallery, Birmingham; Apr/May 2014; 5 artists (curated/exhibited)
THE BLANK SLATE - NOUR Presents: Departure Centre, Limehouse, London; Mar 2012
THE NIGHT SKY & BEYOND: Dunchurch Art Gallery & Studio, Dunchurch; Apr/May 2011; 4 artists
IJE - visit my website for a broader range of my work - as my work is often heavily layered, photography does not always do it justice so please get in touch if you want to discuss further, arrange a viewing or commission me to make a specific piece for you