Jackie Chettur
documentation and description of works 

You Must have seen Ethan Frome 

  ‘you must have seen Ethan Frome’   260 page handprinted, leather bound and foil blocked book -2013

‘you must have seen Ethan Frome’ 260 page handprinted, leather bound and foil blocked book -2013

  ‘you must have seen Ethan Frome’   260 page handprinted, leather bound and foil blocked book -2013

‘you must have seen Ethan Frome’ 260 page handprinted, leather bound and foil blocked book -2013

Edith Wharton’s short intense novel, is a story told within a story and as the story unfolds we learn the circumstances of one man’s sorrowful existence. My distilled version of the text, intensifies the rhythm set down by the author, but now only permits the reader tiny glimpses of the ongoing drama, which are accompanied by continuous, repetitive, references to Ethan Frome. My version of Wharton's novel, exists in a variety of forms and publications, and with the assistance of an Arts Council of England project award, I was able to spend time exploring how best to activate the text for the reader or viewer. A major component of the project has been to typeset and print a version of my text on an Albion press at the Museum of Technology in Cambridge, this has been bound in leather and foil blocked and now exists an an almost sculptural homage to Wharton’s novel. I wanted to counter my reduction of the text, by elaborately hand crafting this oversized book which has a single page for every instance of the character’s name as it appears in the novel. Various elements of the project have been exhibited in a variety of settings including 11 collectable editions, where the covers have been foil blocked with additional titles derived from my version of the text, these all relate to Ethan and the space of the house in the novel and were created for 'Recollect' a show about space and memory, Wysing Arts Contemporary: 2012. A print on demand version of the hand printed book has been brought for several public collections including the Chelsea Art Library.  

  ‘you must have seen Ethan Frome’    260 page handprinted, with perpetual 24 point metal type 

‘you must have seen Ethan Frome’ 
260 page handprinted, with perpetual 24 point metal type 

  ‘you must have seen Ethan Frome’     print on demand edition of 260 books each with unique dust jacket  

‘you must have seen Ethan Frome’ 
print on demand edition of 260 books each with unique dust jacket 

  A0 Letterpress printed poster, printed on newsprint using wooden and metal type, 2014     I am currently working as  artist /producer, in Wales on the second phase of my 2011 Aberdare theatre project   A Fall into Grace  , where I had created a series of theatrical stereoscopes depicting a simple fictional love story (see image below), through interviews members of the public recorded their own experiences of falling in love and these audio recordings were exhibited alongside my fictional tableaux. The compelling and sometimes devastating nature of these stories inspired me to develop the project further and now I am working alongside acclaimed writers like Rachel Trezise to develop writing workshops for diverse groups of people including community groups, six form students, writers groups and a group of artists, on the theme of falling in love. An anthology of writings about love will be published later in 2015. As with the first project, this is being explored through both fiction and biography, and one of my main roles will be to form this content into a creative whole, exploring distribution in a broad sence with participants using both the oldest and the newest printing technologies, as well as through performance, readings and exhibitions. T  he project is supported by Addo through The Arts Council, Wales, The Ashley Foundation and Rhonda Cynon Taff County Borough Council.    

A0 Letterpress printed poster, printed on newsprint using wooden and metal type, 2014

I am currently working as artist /producer, in Wales on the second phase of my 2011 Aberdare theatre project A Fall into Grace, where I had created a series of theatrical stereoscopes depicting a simple fictional love story (see image below), through interviews members of the public recorded their own experiences of falling in love and these audio recordings were exhibited alongside my fictional tableaux. The compelling and sometimes devastating nature of these stories inspired me to develop the project further and now I am working alongside acclaimed writers like Rachel Trezise to develop writing workshops for diverse groups of people including community groups, six form students, writers groups and a group of artists, on the theme of falling in love. An anthology of writings about love will be published later in 2015. As with the first project, this is being explored through both fiction and biography, and one of my main roles will be to form this content into a creative whole, exploring distribution in a broad sence with participants using both the oldest and the newest printing technologies, as well as through performance, readings and exhibitions. The project is supported by Addo through The Arts Council, Wales, The Ashley Foundation and Rhonda Cynon Taff County Borough Council.  

  120mm stereoscope viewed in a 3d slide viewer - one of eight images created to tell a simple love story in the Coliseum Theatre Aberdare 2011

120mm stereoscope viewed in a 3d slide viewer - one of eight images created to tell a simple love story in the Coliseum Theatre Aberdare 2011

  These photographs were taken using a large format 5x4 film camera, I developed the film and printed these 20x24 fibre based paper silver gelatine prints, in the dark rooms at Anglia Ruskin School of Art whilst on the Artist in Art Schools Scheme in 2013. 

These photographs were taken using a large format 5x4 film camera, I developed the film and printed these 20x24 fibre based paper silver gelatine prints, in the dark rooms at Anglia Ruskin School of Art whilst on the Artist in Art Schools Scheme in 2013. 

  These photographs were taken using a large format 5x4 film camera, I developed the film and printed these 20x24 fibre based paper silver gelatine prints, in the dark rooms at Anglia Ruskin School of Art whilst on the Artist in Art Schools Scheme in 2013.

These photographs were taken using a large format 5x4 film camera, I developed the film and printed these 20x24 fibre based paper silver gelatine prints, in the dark rooms at Anglia Ruskin School of Art whilst on the Artist in Art Schools Scheme in 2013.

  From the series 'the liberation of colour 2014 ' currently exists as 5x4 transparency   I am working on a series of elaborately constructed still life photographs which will enact some of Winifred Nicholson's writing and assertions about colour. Creating props directly from Nicholson's writings, separate groups of props inhabit a single set and perform a series of practical interpretations, or experiments about how colour works. I am drawn to the mix of poetic and possibly pseudo scientific ideas within the writings and I am curious to see how this might play out visually.

From the series 'the liberation of colour 2014 ' currently exists as 5x4 transparency

I am working on a series of elaborately constructed still life photographs which will enact some of Winifred Nicholson's writing and assertions about colour. Creating props directly from Nicholson's writings, separate groups of props inhabit a single set and perform a series of practical interpretations, or experiments about how colour works. I am drawn to the mix of poetic and possibly pseudo scientific ideas within the writings and I am curious to see how this might play out visually.

  from the series '310' 2009 Giclee print 35"x45" originally created for a solo show at g39 Gallery, Cardiff 

from the series '310' 2009 Giclee print 35"x45" originally created for a solo show at g39 Gallery, Cardiff 

  ...it is 89 days this morning since we left the mumbles head... Pilot Festival, Brightlingsea, Essex, 2013 - Photograph: Tony Millings

...it is 89 days this morning since we left the mumbles head... Pilot Festival, Brightlingsea, Essex, 2013 - Photograph: Tony Millings

  35mm Stereoscope housed in viewer, housed in blue painted sculpture positioned looking out to sea  

35mm Stereoscope housed in viewer, housed in blue painted sculpture positioned looking out to sea