Jackie Bassett’s collages are not cut ups rather her process involves overlaying vintage pictures of women and children onto maps, sheet music, encyclopaedia pages and old census forms. Her careful re-appropriation of images and exacting use of colour and form gives added depth and resonance to her images, adds another layer to the original picture.
There may be nothing profound about Bassett’s work – and I think it’s fair to say she regards herself as an artisan – but there’s no doubt that she has an eye for the beautiful, has her own particular aesthetic and makes work that would make anybody smile, feel better for being. Here’s what she says about her work:
Jim Jarmusch pretty much sums it up; “Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery – celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: “It’s not where you take things from – it’s where you take them to.”
Check out her Etsy shop – you can buy a print for as little as $10 which is about as good as it gets.