Jane Simpson Exhibition – A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

Exhibition Dates: Open until until 28 April 2017.
Artist’s Reception with Q&A: Thursday 27 April 2017, 5:30 – 7:30pm
Venue: Cardiff School of Art & Design, B Block, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Western Avenue Cardiff CF5 2YB

Jane Simpson’s installation at CSAD is based loosely on an Edward Hopper painting, where light, angle and quiet gentle action all marry together to create a narrative.

The hum of the ‘sewing machine’ is in fact the refrigeration unit which is slowly covering the metal body of the machine with a dusty layer of ice. Light is reflected on the base, with the use of gloss and matte finishes, likewise on the body work of the casing, light bounces off the gloss, or is drawn into the dark cavity inside the machine. A brass dagger/ ruler/ template is lying across the machine, creating another angle, leading you in and out of the centre of the work.

The exhibition also includes another sculptural piece ‘Head Cake’. The work is exactly what it says. When you feel as if you are dividing yourself up to please others. In any way you can.


Jane Simpson primarily produces sculptures, using diverse elements such as ice, silicone rubber, wood, precious metals, glass, ceramics and household objects including items bought at flea markets and on eBay.

Simpson was born in Swansea in 1965 and graduated from the Chelsea School of Art in London in 1988 and earned an MFA from the Royal Academy of Art in London in 1993. In 1994 she was included in the seminal exhibition Some Went Mad, Some Ran Away, curated by Damien Hirst, at the Serpentine Gallery, London. Simpson’s work was also part of the controversial Sensation exhibition of 1997.

Simpson is well known for her sculptures, which involve various materials, from rubber casting techniques to sewing machines connected to refrigeration units so that they become covered with a layer of frost. Regarding her work, Simpson has said “I think of it as a marriage of two different technologies”.


A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing features as part of the CSAD Exhibitions Series.

Cardiff School of Art and Design presents a survey of contemporary sculpture by Wales based artists through a series of specially installed art works. The series will examine current discourse around free-standing sculpture through the work of these artists who are engaged in pushing the boundaries of the medium .

This exhibition programme is curated by Prof. Andre Stitt of Cardiff School of Art and Design.