Jill Townsley’s work is predominantly large-scale sculptures that explore ideas of repetition within processes. In her systematic search for repetitions, she also examines the role of failure within a system. Furthermore, she captures the idea of process through video recording. The act of repeating helps to question wider cultural concerns, such as time and temporality, the concept of the moment, failure, boredom, erasure, the recycled object, ecology and authorship. She feels drawn towards materials that offer a multiplicity or act in a singular way when an action is applied to them and then repeated, e.g. her sculpture Spoons, a pyramid of 9273 plastic spoons and 3091 rubber bands, which eventually collapses in the end of a decay process, and which process video is repeated in a loop.
Her practice has expanded to include time-based media, especially time-lapse animation that documents her process or the temporality of her large sculptures, while also including drawing and photography.
Townsley studied Sculpture at the Royal College of Art and has a practice-based PhD in Fine Art from Liverpool University. She is a Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Art at the University of Huddersfield.