10 Jan, 2023
The ongoing project ‘Thought Trails’ depicts thoughts that flow, whereby you can connect past and present, or different places in the world, which cannot exist together in real life. In your mind everything is possible and so is in her work. The mind randomly switches between past and present, jumping back and forth be- tween blurry and razor-sharp, making fascinating connections. The brain blocks certain memories and fills in the blanks with the power of the imagination. That allows us to manipulate the world around us as we see it. The project embodies her experimental approach to image making. Her mixed-media creations, always based on her own photography, show the beauty of divergence. Deconstructing and reconnecting her images by stitching and pasting creates a new, layered reality. She uses the irregularity of the wire to draw with it like a pencil meandering across the image, She lets the thread connect and separate as an abstraction for a life of memories, searching and thinking. She uses dif- ferent techniques such as charcoal, stitching, beeswax, ink and paint to hide and accentuate. She also uses silk organza to print her photos on, after which she embroiders the fabric. Due to the transparency of the organza, the paper lay- er that hangs behind it, which has been processed with different techniques, is visible. As a result, the ultimate layered effect is achieved. All artworks are unique pieces and are characterized by their tactility. In a contemplative process created by repetitive handicrafts, she creates her own world, calms her mind and repairs what is damaged. Her work is literally and figuratively ‘healing’.
At a young age Jackie Mulder already broke free from the 'how it should be' pattern. The rebellion that was necessary for this is still a common thread in her work. After a career as a fashion designer and graphic designer, she chose a new branch of design; in 2021 she graduated from the Photo Academy in Amsterdam. Her autonomous work has been selected for Gup New Photography 2021, included in the Fresh Eyes Photo 2020. She was one of the finalists for the Gomma Photography Grant 2020 as well as in 2021. She was one of the three finalists of the Fotofestival Naarden Talent Award. Her work is published in different international art magazines. In 2022 her work was on view at the 2 last editions of BigART and at KunstRAI Amsterdam. She took part in many group exhibitions and she was initiator of the pop-up ‘Gallery & Bookstore for Contemporary Photography’ in Amsterdam. From november 2022 till February 2023 she has a solo exhibition at Cultuurcentrum Hasselt in belgium.