Riverside Café Gallery – q&a with Denise Jaques

Riverside Café Gallery – q&a with Denise Jaques

Open now in the Riverside Café Gallery, we are delighted to welcome Farnham artist Denise Jaques with her collection of contemporary mixed media mosaics. Fascinated with the journey of experimentation and excited by the unknown destination, Denise’s work has a strong sense of colour, pattern, texture and rhythm, whilst playing with the idea of distorted reflections. We spoke to Denise to find out more about her and her work.

What are you working on at the moment and where do you find ideas for your work?Central Path - Farnham Park

I am currently working on 3 bodies of work:

Pieces of Gold – a collection of textured mixed media pieces which combine found pieces of slate, stone and sea glass with mirror and gold glass tiles. Some of the pieces are abstractions from landscapes.

Land and Sea – Mixed media landscapes and seascapes inspired by places I have lived and loved.

All that Shimmers – Mosaic art for the garden, which catch the light and are full of shimmer. Pieces include wall panels and swaying mosaics on steel rods.

What medium do you use in your practice and why?

 I am a mixed media artist, so I used a range of materials including glass, ceramic, slate, stone, mirror, found materials and cement.

What motivates you to make work, who do you believe has influenced your career and inspired you to start?

 I use colour and texture with an experimental approach to pushing the boundaries and exploring possibilities of materials. I love all contemporary craft, and handmade artifacts. I take inspiration from artists who have developed less obvious techniques. I never want my work to look like anyone else. I am passionate about developing ideas and the creative, experimental journey. The outcome is less important.

If you could name one, what is your favourite piece of work you have created, and why?

At the moment, it has to be anything where I am combining the use of slate, gilded glass and mirror. I love the juxtaposition between the dark, matt surface of the state with the shimmering mirror and gold.

exampleIf you can name one, what is your proudest achievement?

Family first every time…so my children will always be my proudest achievement.

Winning Surrey Artist off the Year in 2016 was a complete surprise, but I couldn’t have been more proud of myself. I still pinch myself now. I’m so grateful for the opportunities it has given me.

What is the most indispensable item in your studio?

My Leponitt mosaic cutters. I lovingly use them to cut and shape every piece of glass and ceramic that ends up in one of my pieces.

Where is your favourite place to see art?

In the flesh!

Living in Farnham means that access to excellent local galleries on my doorstep is a bonus. I love a private view, which gives the opportunity to engage with others about art and take on new perspectives.

I try to visit galleries in London as often as possible. I recently visited the Phyllida Barlow exhibition at the RA.


All That Shimmers can be seen in the Riverside Café Gallery from 27th April – 23rd May, with work available to purchase via the Box Office. Denise also runs regular mosaic workshops from her studio and here at Farnham Maltings, visit www.mosaichappy.co.uk for more information.

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