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Jen Altman

 
Lives and works in Todmorden
Mixed-media 3-D work

"Much of my art work reflects my life-long fascination with human beings. Throughout my long and diverse careers as a neurobiologist and a body therapist, I have explored the human body, mind and spirit and, as I get older, the cycle of life and death. Studying at Todmorden College of Art (Calderdale College) in my late 60s, I discovered a need and a gift for working three-dimensionally. The body-like forms I have been making in the past ten years hold many levels of experience, an interaction between memory, mood, imagination and what the material offers. The figures, often enigmatic, carry echoes of the prehistoric, the tribal, the shamanic, of votive figures, grave goods and ritual and of the elemental … the smaller ones, like talismans, could be carried In a pocket."

 
‘My career in biological research made me very aware of death as an essential part of the life cycle; as a therapist, I work with the meaning of death for individuals and families. My art practice draws these strand together. The smaller, body-like forms often arise spontaneously, an interaction between memory, mood, imagination and what the material offers. Other pieces are a long, slow, considered process of accretion, although still open to chance: tactile exploration of my face; mythical figures and masks; hollow forms that explore loss and decay.
 
Found objects, which I sometimes incorporate, and elements of the environment (rocks, trees, landforms, walls, old boats and ruined buildings) are other starting points. Many of my projects explore a theme through a series of related pieces. I like to make pieces that fit into my hand, often combining them into mini-installations, although I also work on larger scales. I use various media, including modified forms of papier maché, wire, cardboard and textiles, although in the past few years, I have worked mostly with clay – the elements of earth and water transformed by fire. Several types of clay body are used for modelling and carving, and delicate forms are built from thin sheets of paper clay. Various surface treatments bring subtle colour and texture, enhanced by a range of firing methods that include sager firing, raku and smoke firing, and the occasional use of a wood-fired kiln, all bringing further chance into the work. I am currently exploring ways of creating collages or assemblages that combine my ceramic pieces with other materials.

My work is informed by Amerta movement practice, which encourages a spontaneous response to the environment in which one is working. I also take photographs, both as notation/documentation and as an art practice. I occasionally write poetry or prose as a response to events in my life or to places that move me.
 
Selected Exhibitions
2007-2017 Work included in student shows at Todmorden College and summer exhibitions organised by Northlight Arts, Hebden Bridge 2010 ‘Green Art’ Open Exhibition, Artsmill, Hebden Bridge
 
2015 ‘Pushing Up Daisies’ open exhibition, Water Street Gallery, Todmorden Todmorden Artists’ Open Studios Winter Open Exhibition, Water Street Gallery, Todmorden Winter Open Arts Fair, Artsmill, Hebden Bridge
 
2016 Summer Exhibition, Creative with Nature, Todmorden Todmorden Open Studios ‘A Face to the World’ portrait exhibition, Water Street Gallery Winter Open Exhibition, Water Street Gallery, Todmorden Winter Open Arts Fair, Artsmill, Hebden Bridge
 
2017 ‘Life and Death’, Water Street Gallery, Todmorden Todmorden Open Studios
 
 
 
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Jen Altman Hungry Ghoasts 2 043
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Hungry Ghoasts 2 043
Mixed clays<br/>
Artwork 6 x 1.5 x 1.5cm - 80gm <br/>
Part of an Exhibition <a href=" https://wsgallery.uk/heat ">Heat</a> <br>
Most artworks will be despatched within 2 working days.
£125.00
Jen Altman Ageing Hands 1 stoneware wall plaque 047
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Ageing Hands 1 stoneware wall plaque 047
Raku clay, wall hanging<br/>
Artwork 20 x 20cm - 150gm <br/>
Part of an Exhibition <a href=" https://wsgallery.uk/heat ">Heat</a> <br>
Most artworks will be despatched within 2 working days.
£130.00
Jen Altman Ageing Hands 2 stoneware wall plaque 046
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Ageing Hands 2 stoneware wall plaque 046
Paper clay, wall hanging<br/>
Artwork 15 x 20cm - 150gm <br/>
Part of an Exhibition <a href=" https://wsgallery.uk/heat ">Heat</a> <br>
Most artworks will be despatched within 2 working days.
£130.00
Jen Altman Elders Figure 1  Sagger fired 040
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Elders Figure 1 Sagger fired 040
Grogged clay<br/>
Artwork11 x 4 x 1.4cm - 150gm <br/>
Part of an Exhibition <a href=" https://wsgallery.uk/heat ">Heat</a> <br>
Most artworks will be despatched within 2 working days.
£45.01
Jen Altman Elders Figure 2 Sagger fired 041
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Elders Figure 2 Sagger fired 041
Grogged clay, stoneware fired, £ 35
oxides, matt glaze
£45.01
Jen Altman Five Hungry Ghoasts 042
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Five Hungry Ghoasts 042
Stoneware clays<br/>
Artwork 13 x 8 x 3cm - 100gm <br/>
Part of an Exhibition <a href=" https://wsgallery.uk/heat ">Heat</a> <br>
Most artworks will be despatched within 2 working days.
£140.00
Jen Altman Hands Together  stoneware wall plaque 049
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Hands Together stoneware wall plaque 049
Paper clay, wall hanging<br/>
Artwork22 x 22cm - 300gm <br/>
Part of an Exhibition <a href=" https://wsgallery.uk/heat ">Heat</a> <br>
Most artworks will be despatched within 2 working days.
£160.00
Jen Altman Old Thumbs stoneware  045
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Old Thumbs stoneware 045
Paper clay, wall hanging<br/>
Artwork 8 x 4cmcm - 50gm <br/>
Part of an Exhibition <a href=" https://wsgallery.uk/heat ">Heat</a> <br>
Most artworks will be despatched within 2 working days.
£80.00
Jen Altman Rock Forms set of 5 stoneware  044
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Rock Forms set of 5 stoneware 044
Stoneware<br/>
Artwork 4 - 10 cm - 200gm <br/>
Part of an Exhibition <a href=" https://wsgallery.uk/heat ">Heat</a> <br>
Most artworks will be despatched within 2 working days.
£160.00
Jen Altman Abandoned Shirts
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Abandoned Shirts
Installation with clay, wire, wood<br />
Dimensions | L - 35cm x W - 33cm x D - 33cm<br />
More by <a href="https://wsgallery.uk/jenalt">Jen Altman</a> <br />
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£1,000.00
Jen Altman All in Pieces  paper clay oxides
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All in Pieces paper clay oxides
Hand made paper clay, glazed oxides<br />
Dimensions | L -9cm x W - 10cm x D - 11cm<br />
More by <a href="https://wsgallery.uk/jenalt">Jen Altman</a> <br />
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£230.00
Jen Altman Ship of Souls mixed clay
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Ship of Souls mixed clay
Hand made mixed clays, stoneware<br />
Dimensions | L - 25cm x W - 18.5cm x D - 5.5cm<br />
More by <a href="https://wsgallery.uk/jenalt">Jen Altman</a> <br />
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£230.00
Jen Altman Silence 1-3 set stoneware and gold leaf
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Silence 1-3 set stoneware and gold leaf
Hand made stoneware with gold leaf<br />
Dimensions | L - 14cm x W - 12.5cm x D -1.5cm<br />
More by <a href="https://wsgallery.uk/jenalt">Jen Altman</a> <br />
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£190.00
Jen Altman Large Stone Womman wood fired
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Large Stone Womman wood fired
Hand made woodfired stoneware<br />
Dimensions | L - 10cm x W - 25cm x D -8cm<br />
More by <a href="https://wsgallery.uk/jenalt">Jen Altman</a> <br />
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£160.00
Jen Altman Stone Women  ceramic figures set  038
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Stone Women ceramic figures set 038
Hand made mixed clays, stoneware<br />
Dimensions | L - 10cm x W - 14cm x D - 10cm<br />
More by <a href="https://wsgallery.uk/jenalt">Jen Altman</a> <br />
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£135.00
Jen Altman Flint women 1-6 stoneware set or singles 011
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Flint women 1-6 stoneware set or singles 011
Hand made stoneware<br />
Dimensions | L 7.5cm x W - 3cm x D - 3cm<br />
Included in an Exhibition <a href="https://wsgallery.uk/spring19">Spring show 19</a> <br>
Purchased artworks will be despatched within 1 working day.
£120.00
Jen Altman Ghost Figures set treated paper clay
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Ghost Figures set treated paper clay
Hand made mixed clays, stoneware<br />
Dimensions | L - 8.5cm x W - 2.5cm x D - 2.5cm<br />
More by <a href="https://wsgallery.uk/jenalt">Jen Altman</a> <br />
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£80.00
Jen Altman Four Red Ladies set earthenware
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Four Red Ladies set earthenware
Hand made mixed clays, stoneware<br />
Dimensions | L - 9cm x W - 3cm x D - 2.5cm<br />
More by <a href="https://wsgallery.uk/jenalt">Jen Altman</a> <br />
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£75.00
Jen Altman Dry Bones Stoneware
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Dry Bones Stoneware
Hand made mixed clays, stoneware<br />
Dimensions | L - 18cm x W -6.5cm x D -11cm<br />
More by <a href="https://wsgallery.uk/jenalt">Jen Altman</a> <br />
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£60.00
Jen Altman Human Traces 4 - May Day dreaming- photo
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Human Traces 4 - May Day dreaming- photo
Land Art - photographic<br />
Dimensions | L - 22cm x W - 30cm x D - .5cm<br />
More by <a href="https://wsgallery.uk/jenalt">Jen Altman</a> <br />
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£30.00
Jen Altman Human Traces 3 - In the Oratory- photo
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Human Traces 3 - In the Oratory- photo
Land Art - photographic<br />
Dimensions | L -30cm x W - 22cm x D - .5cm<br />
More by <a href="https://wsgallery.uk/jenalt">Jen Altman</a> <br />
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£30.00
Jen Altman Human Traces 2 - Sleeping in the sand - photo
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Human Traces 2 - Sleeping in the sand - photo
Land Art - photographic<br />
Dimensions | L - 22cm x W - 30cm x D - .5cm<br />
More by <a href="https://wsgallery.uk/jenalt">Jen Altman</a> <br />
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£30.00
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