Description of Work
Jacqueline uses visual art to explore traditional Jewish ideas in untraditional ways. She engages with text in her art, bringing the beit midrash and art studio together. She likes to use these texts as a springboard for the initial concept, and then develop ideas by working in series of inter-connected art pieces. This engagement is often informed by a feminist perspective, using her art to subvert the usual dominant male discourse. Her work involves a lot of craft-based techniques: paper-cutting, dress-making, embroidery, knitting, origami, tailoring, as well as more conventional drawing and print-making.
Jacqueline Nicholls is a visual artist and Jewish educator. Often questioning the patriarchal hegemony, her work, while still engaging with the text, seeks a different perspective. Her project, 'Draw Yomi: drawing the talmud a page a day,' is a response to the seven year Daf Yomi cycle, and will be a test of her tenacity and self-discipline. Initially training as an architect, Jacqueline studied medical illustration, learning anatomy and precise observational drawing. She now concentrates on visual fine art, and its potential to develop and express ideas through meticulous making. Her work is a mix of craft-based techniques - paper-cutting, embroidery, tailoring, knitting - with drawing and print-making. She is currently writing a graphic novel. Jacqueline is based in London and finds much inspiration in the city’s history, mythologies, and it’s multicultural character. She has been involved in inter-faith art collaborations, finding the more authentic one is to one’s identity and personal experiences, the more one connects and finds resonance with others. Jacqueline’s art has appeared in significant exhibitions of contemporary Jewish Art in museums in Israel, America and the UK. Her work has also appeared in various publications, and she is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 2’s Pause for Thought. She is part of the adjunct faculty at the London School of Jewish Studies, and is one of the co-founders of the London Jewish Artists’ Salon.