Earlier this year, Joletta Thorburn graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design (DJCAD) with a first class honours degree. Since then, Joletta has been shortlisted for the RSA New Contemporaries exhibition in Edinburgh next year and is currently part of Glasgow's Street Level Photoworks Futureproof exhibition.
"I had no idea what I wanted to do until I was 26. Instead of going to university I decided that I would be a "student of life." When I was 18 years old, I left London with the Hare Krishnas to go to India. Realising that the Krishna movement wasn't for me, I then spent the following eight years travelling between London and the rest of the world. With very little money and a bunch of hula hoops, I taught people how to hula hoop along the way."
"Having recently graduated everything still feels like a dream and I am just letting things unfurl and take their own shape. Futureproof will be my first group exhibition since my degree show. It’s a whole new world but it is nice to feel that people can relate to what I am creating."
"At the moment, I work in a fragmented way and each part of the process is very different. The photographic element takes place in a studio set up with models, lights and lots of stuffed plastic bags; working and directing people can be tricky. The next stage is selecting the images I feel are the strongest, have an interesting dynamic and shape and haven't accidentally cut a body part out."
"The third part is where the magic starts to happen. The final images are blown up to life size proportions. I never have a clear idea of what I am going to draw it just happens organically. Although the fantastical content of my drawings are inspired and referenced by natural formations, the patterns which are perceived and captured are as a result of my own experiences and imagination."
"I tend to use a lot of biro, a little charcoal, watercolours and graphite to create the drawn elements. As I have unusual working hours, I mostly work from a studio space at home, smoke fags and watch lots of David Attenborough’s The Private Life of Plants whilst drawing."
"I have been lucky enough to be awarded the William Sangster bursary for the MFA in Art and Humanities at DJCAD where I hope to continue experimenting, exploring and pushing the boundaries between drawing and photography."
We highly recommend exploring Joletta's work in person, she is currently exhibiting at the Lillie Art Gallery and the Peacock gallery in Aberdeen as part of Glasgow's Street Level Photoworks 2015 Futureproof exhibition.
For more information about the exhibition visit our what's on page - http://www.glasgowcityarts.com/new-events-2/2015/8/22/futureproof-2015.
To view more of Joletta's work visit her own website - jolettathorburn.wix.com/fine-art