Artist of the Month: September 2017
1. How long have you been at Phoenix?
I moved in with the other members of Maze Studios over 20 years ago. We had lost our building in Hove and were offered half of the third floor at Phoenix. It was a big open plan space and we built the studio spaces together before moving in.
2. What are you working on at the moment?
I am always working on more than one thing and think of individual works as threads that belong to a much bigger whole. Sometimes something will take over completely while the rest simmers away.
At the moment I am working on series of drawings that explore a sense of transience and touch in the chalk landscape of the South Downs. This work came from walking on the Downs after my Dad died and is now feeding into Touching the World Lightly - a collaborative exploration with Duncan Bullen and Philippa Lyon that focuses on ideas of presence and touch. http://blogs.brighton.ac.uk/ttwl/
Alongside that I am also making series of prints in both etching and screen – this is part of an on going print practice that weaves about the other work – poetry, drawing, moving image and collaborative installation.
3. Which media do you like to use?
There is a strongly performative element to the way that I go about making works and I often choose materials that support that approach – chalk, ash, crushed charcoal, flour………I like to use found text and instructions, and images of women from cheap old books. I will often choose the materials according to what it is I think I am exploring in particular works. Sometimes I get ideas from the materials themselves and go out hunting for things….. The print media of screen and etching really suit my love of process, materials, imprint and layering.
4. Which other artists do you admire?
Kurt Schwitters (Merz poems and collages), Jo Spence (Putting myself in the picture), Susan Hiller (An Entertainment), Francis Alÿs (everything), Marcus Coates (Stoat, Journey to the Lower World and The Trip) Louise Bourgoise (insomnia drawings, fabric works and prints), Alice Oswald (Dart and Tithonus), Tania Kovats (Drawing Water), Mira Schendel, Annette Messager……. to name a few…
5. What would you recommend to go see?
Intuition curated by Axel Vervoordt and Daniela Ferretti at the Palazzo Fortuny, Venice - on until the 26th November 2017 (possibly one of the best exhibitions I have ever seen)
The Cautauld Institute of Art – Prints and Drawings collection, London
Klipotty Klop by Andrew Kötting http://www.andrewkotting.com/ak%20web/klippertyvideo3.html
6. Is there a piece of work you’re particularly proud of?
Mutter Matter - a two year collaboration with fellow artist and friend Irene Mensah, which resulted in two large site specific installation works at the Regency Town House in Brighton and Pitzhanger Manor, London.
Jane is exhibiting some of her print work during Brighton Print Fair, 15-24th September. More information here.