Justine Kerr is a Scottish artist living and working in Bear River, Nova Scotia, Canada. She works in mixed media drawings and paintings . She studied Fine Art at the University of Dundee, specializing in sculpture at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, completing her degree in 1998.The Nova Scotia Art Bank purchased her art work for its collection in 2006, 2008 and 2009.
Kerr’s work speaks about the interdependence of the human body melding with the land. The images are inspired by personal experiences. These are animals, women and anthropomorphic forms such as flowers. Bird represents freedom and flight, opening up opportunities into the realm of Spirit. Women symbolize human frailty and the warmth of humanity. The flower epitomizes sexual potency and power. .
In the paintings, mixed media such as oil bar, graphite, collaged papers and fabrics are layered with text under and over paint. This process allows positive intentions to be etched into the surface of the canvas for added intensity.
The dichotomies within herself are explored visually in the work. These deeply personal images are used to transcend time and space, becoming an intrinsically bound connection to a universal expressive language.