Jade Montserrat

Artist & Researcher
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Image: Brian Roberts, Instituting Care, Bluecoat, Liverpool (March 2019)
The Story

Dancing her way through history and her story. Marking the archive and letting it mark her. Finding a voice within a chorus of opinions and reflecting projections of now and then. Montserrat’s work is a fracture in the linear narrative of consumption and a rigorous critique of the way cultural production scars bodies and constructs histories…

Her work exposes the perceptions of the Other as weighted responsibility in need of retort. Skirting social activism by gesturally and texturally ascertaining new ground for politicized territories manifest through performance, film, installation, sculpture, print & text. This process is focused on the interrogation of materials, rearticulating them to expose gaps in both visual and linguistic habits.

Jade is the recipient of the Stuart Hall Foundation Scholarship which supports her PhD (via MPhil) at IBAR, UCLan,  and the development of her work from her black diasporic perspective in the North of England. Jade Montserrat works through performance, drawing, painting, film, installation, sculpture, print and text.

“I have developed a personal interest in Baker as a dislocated self-styled woman longing to make sense of the constructs under which she was born”

Josephine Baker

Dada Connection: Objet trouvé (Found objects)

Jade’s interest in collage, found objects and archival research prompt us to think about the ‘ready-made‘, a process that is focused on the interrogation of materials, rearticulating them to expose gaps in both visual and linguistic habits.

“Collage won’t change our fragile world, it will mysteriously re-arrange it for you though.” – Jade Montserrat

Read Jade’s essay on collage Read Jade’s essay on collage
Marcel_Duchamp, ‘Fountain’

Fountain, 1917, photograph by Alfred Stieglitz at 291 (art gallery) following the 1917 Society of Independent Artists exhibit, with entry tag visible. The backdrop is The Warriors by Marsden Hartley.[1]
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