Based in Swansea, Wales, Ann Jordan is an independent Fine Artist. Her work is often site-responsive and has a performative element, which references both historical and contemporary culture. The chosen materials are integral to the development of each work and to the concept underpinning it. Jordan deconstructs and then reconstructs the many layered textures and ideas to create a relationship between the domestic, private space and the public siting of the object/performance. In this way Jordan hopes to generate a dialogue, which engenders a cultural aesthetic and becomes a vehicle for social encounter as demonstrated in her ‘Black Mountain Cwtch Project’. The key pre-requisite for the work is its relevance and accessibility to all members of society. A common thread of caring and continuity of line keep emerging within the work, which reflects Jordan’s initial profession as a midwife and life experiences. Recently Jordan has focused on the urban environment, walking andHer work is held in private collections mapping Swansea City from different perspectives both real and imaginary through drawing, printing and painting utilising a wide variety of media including textiles.
Jordan studied at Swansea Metropolitan University gaining a BA Fine Art (First) & a MA. Contemporary Dialogues (Distinction) 2010
Jordan is a founder Director of Elysium Gallery, Swansea 2007and ARTAWE. Jordan remains fully committed to the gallery as a studio artist but has now has taken a back seat in the gallery administration.
Jordan has managed projects for Elysium Gallery including ‘From Purgatory to Paradise’ Hay –on-Wye, the community based outreach project ‘Return Journey’, and workshops in Cwmdonkin Park supported by the City and County of Swansea as part of the Dylan Thomas Centenary.
International experience has been assisting with Rhodio in Venice 2011, collaborating with Art-e-Motion in the self- funded installation ‘Vending Machine’ , which featured the work of over 90 Wales based artists, and the exhibition ‘RefleXions’ at the Galleria Perella and Serra Dei Giardini, Venice, exhibiting in France and contributing to the cultural exchange “From Here to There’ in Colorado State University 2014.
Jordan continues to practice and exhibit as an independent both in Wales and beyond. Her work is held in private collections She undertook a residency in the Glyn Vivian Art Gallery October 2014 and is involved with an ongoing project with the Brecon Beacon National Park Authority.
Over the past three years Jordan has collaborated with JOAKES (Brenda Oakes & Ann Jordan), Nervous Energy and Nervous Synergy. They have had success in the UK and were invited to take part in ‘Fertile Bodies’, Perogord, France.