A New Touch is a drawing using charcoal, fixed to the exterior walls of the Horsebridge Arts Centre. The drawing reproduces sentences from Jade’s writing, originally composed in watercolour and at page scale, magnified onto large calico panels.
Charcoal and carbon continue to be a rich resource of interest to Jade for its material durability as well as its resilience, from which stems all biological life.
A New Touch draws together combinations of Jade’s texts that respond to the violence, loneliness and exclusion of contemporary society, amplified in recent times by the pandemic, war, displacement of peoples and the struggle for liberation.
Jade describes the drawings, displayed at large-scale and outside, as a silent protest. Their words express solidarity with and advocate for the human rights of asylum seekers, migrants and refugees, as well as the many community activist groups working in Kent and beyond.