An exploration of the psychology and embodiment behind the sporting drive to 'improve' the human body. Read more
Working with exercise physiology expert Jonathan Folland from the Department of Sports Science, Temple of Jackie (Testing Times) extrapolated aspects of the testing and monitoring of athletes. Putting herself through a rigorous testing programme, Donachie made notes and documented the process; and subsequently spent a period in her studio developing a series of drawings. The outcomes of this process were presented within a temporary mobile structure - the 'Temple of Jackie' - dedicated to the ‘cult of the ordinary’ in a place where ‘excellence’ is paramount.
Jacqueline Donachie is one of Scotland’s most respected contemporary artists, graduating from The Glasgow School of Art’s influential Environmental Art department, which encourages artists to place their work in a variety of public contexts outside the gallery space. She has forged an international reputation for a socially-engaged art practice, with a particular interest in public space. Her work often involves observing how local people use an area, she then facilitates a place of meeting through the installation of a structure