Artist Jack J Hutchinson discusses his residency and exhibition Autography at The Nunnery Gallery, London.

This show was the culmination of a six week residency during which Hutchinson created 40 new drawings in response to the Outsider artist Madge Gill's archive in Newham.

Receiving little acclaim during her lifetime, Madge Gill’s intricate and often spiritually inspired drawings had not been exhibited so comprehensively anywhere in the world. Gill's adherence to the Spiritualist movement lent Hutchinson to explore the mode of mark making in his own work.

Both Gill and Hutchinson work with obsessive, compulsive mark making. Drawing is used as a way of confronting the inner self, with repetitive processes used to counteract deep-routed fears and anxieties.

The juxtaposition of Hutchinson’s work with Gill’s was aimed not only at increasing knowledge of Gill’s drawings so rarely seen but stored carefully in the London Borough of Newham’s Heritage and Archive service, but also at carrying out new enquiries about the relevance of Gill’s work to practicing artists today. The retrospective laid bare both artists’ fragile journey to personal discovery, inviting the viewer to do the same.

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