Jodie Carney is a practising artist, most recently the recipient of a Jersey Bursary and Masters Degree in Fine art, who specialises in oil painting and glasswork. A lot of her inspiration comes from local Folklore tales of faeries - beings at once human and ephemeral - existing on both literal and metaphysical planes. Eternally relatable creatures of both body and mind, ‘Les P'tits Faîtchieaux’ are historically faceless in their undecided descriptions throughout history, and perhaps the perfect embodiment of those most ancient fears that she’s come to describe through her work. Feelings that originate from living through Earthquakes in Aotaeroa for example. Senses out of focus, disconnected. Immaterial. But also a real sense of community, joining together in times of trauma. 

 

 

Jodie was awarded an ArtHouse Jersey grant to cover material costs for a series of workshops undertaken at Hautlieu school, guiding students in the creation of translucent clay faerie houses to be exhibited, illuminated, at the Passage Graveway of La Hougue Bie where the faeries are traditionally said to reside. Included in the workshop was also an introductory presentation to local Folklore Tales, Art Historical and Architectural references from Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim designs to traditional faerie etchings as inspiration for their creations.

 

The workshops and exhibition were a wonderful success, with the A-Level students enjoying the atmosphere on the day of the event - with live music and tales by the fire pit - and new inspirations in terms of materials, textures and passion for local Folklore. The long term hope is to continue this annually like a tradition, encouraging the growth of the event to accommodate the many other interested schools, an ongoing working partnership with the National Trust at sites like La Hougue Bie, and allowing future students the same opportunities while embracing the possibility of creative expansion.