“There is something sinister and disturbing in the ambiguous beings that are born from the pencil of Jill Tegan Doherty, yet it is hard to look away from her canvases, as if a magnetic force was pushing us to ask ourselves what the images could mean. It is from the real mental short-circuits and the fascination with the reflections of the human subconscious that this young British artist, not yet thirty years old draws her inspiration.”
(Artist Review ‘Anatomy of a Thought’, published in KiT Magazine, January 2013 issue, by Lidia Casari)
Dohertys work up to now has been filled with twisted geological forms and unnerving combinations of the human and animal. The uncertain and unseen are provided with a visual platform to be physically digested. The canvas becomes a stage for the subconscious to perform its role in the physical world, to act out its twisted plays. Dohertys paintings present us with a curious and delectable dish that will not necessarily be smoothly digested nor nourish its spectator.
Physical instability surfaces in the work through an almost playful act, strongly pronounced with the use of metaphorical animal heads morphed with human figures. Not only crossing the line between natures creatures but also the line between the physical, psychological, conscious and unconscious states of being.
Swimming effortlessly between mediums and materials, Doherty, who is primarily a painter, stems also into sculpture, installation and most recently etching. Her work speaks to us of the human condition, and our place in the world.