Artistic roots and influencing factors
Jaclyn Dodkin, or Jack to her friends, is originally from Australia. Born in Melbourne to an Aussie mum and a Maltese dad, a Mediterranean influence on her upbringing has had a major bearing on her artwork. Jack has been interested in skulls for as long as she can remember – an interest that was sparked at an early age through family holidays - frequently based around hunting trips. Her early fascination with life and death has stuck with her throughout adulthood, having a huge impact on her development as an artist.
Death by Dodkin
A few years ago Jack bought a longhorn skull and in a moment of inspiration, decided to combine her two greatest artistic loves and covered it in glass tiles.
This first Death by Dodkin piece – which can be seen on the website – sparked the beginning of her passion for mosaic designs on animal skulls and remains her favourite piece, still taking pride of place in her lounge today.
Since then Jack has had two beautiful daughters to her English husband Johnny…temporarily placing her art on hold. But she was soon ready to create again and is now using roe deer skulls - meticulously decorated in Swarovski crystals - to create beautifully unique, individual pieces from her own patterns and designs, to requests she is commissioned to produce.
Oh, and should you wonder where the “Death By Dodkin” came from…well as Jack is always working with skulls, the name definitely seemed more than appropriate!