Welcome to my blog
I am a visual artist based in Edinburgh, Scotland. I incorporate my own poetry into my artwork, sometimes collaging it into pieces, sometimes writing about paintings and sometimes inspiring paintings.
By jillashforth, Jun 14 2018 06:36PM
I will be exhibiting alongside local artist Wendy Baillie this summer. The works, comprising watercolours, mixed media, photographs and video poems, capture moments in time. The landscapes by myself have an ethereal, hazy sense of fleeting beauty whilst Wendy's still lifes and landscapes are full of soft, warm yet delicate tones and have a gentle stillness about them.
My video poem, Dawn and Dusk, is about beginnings and endings and will premiere at the exhibition with a live performance of the piece by myself on the opening night.
A lovely, contemplative show full of beauty - not to be missed at Dundas Street Gallery, Edinburgh, 27-29 July, 11am-6pm daily.
By jillashforth, Dec 30 2017 02:25PM
I have entered the Button Poetry Competition, 2018 - largely inspired by meeting Neil Hilborn in the summer who is one of Button Poetry's poets. He was an amazing performer at the Edinburgh Fringe and I felt as though I had shaken hands with someone great.
My entry consists of 30 poems, written over the last three years about loss and love. It is entitled Out of the Darkness...
By jillashforth, Dec 30 2017 02:13PM
I made a video poem this summer, Fearful Thoughts about anxiety and the pain it can cause sufferers. I have decided to enter it as a proposal for Hidden Door Festival of Film, 2018. It can be seen on YouTube
By jillashforth, Aug 17 2017 12:33PM
A few weeks ago I finally, properly acknowledged and recognised a deep sadness. It has taken 10 years, off and on, of Counselling to reach this point in my life and it has been a tremendous relief to release all this grief. I was in denial and had silenced myself. There were other aspects of my life that had brought stress and unhappiness and I had faced those and allowed them to heal over the past 10 years, but this was such a deep grief that was unspoken. It was a lack, a void, an unfufilled desire I would not admit even to myself. I never became a mother to the child I so desperately wanted to have. My video poem, Name It articulates this loss.
I name the sadness and wipe it, sweep it away with my hand. A poison in my soul has been released and relieved and I can understand. With knowledge and acceptance comes healing.
By jillashforth, Aug 11 2017 01:48AM
I was delighted to discover that I am able to use the music of Steve Mason as originally intended for my video poem Let Her In, Let Her Out. Domino Records are allowing me to feature the track I Let Her In from the album Boys Outside with the understanding that they may choose to place ads on the video. I feel the music, which resonated so greatly with me, complements the video beautifully.
You can view the video poem on my YouTube channel: