Jenn Jordan’s work explores class and taste using sculptures made from found objects. What are the right pleasures? What is vulgarity? What is good taste? Jordan works with mass-produced ornaments, which are sourced from charity shops. The discarding of the item is key to the work. Each found object symbolises an escape from ourselves, a denial of our upbringing, of a past we are eager to leave behind.
Jordan is interested in how our origins shape who we are. Can we discard our class as easily as we discard the material symbols of it? Does class even matter anymore? The work plays with appearance, each surface is a counterfeit, marble is vinyl, cement is paint. The veneers reflect societies own pretence, our desire to improve, to hide, to appear as something we are not. This group of works is named ‘Fancy Goods’ which is a category the original ceramics are sold under in St Gemma’s charity shops around Yorkshire. The individual titles are lines or names of songs from northern, working class bands such as The Smith’s and Pulp.