Janet Curley Cannon is an American born (Seattle, WA) artist based in Berkshire, England. She gained her BA in Art History from the University of Washington, Seattle and MA in Fine Art Print from Camberwell College, University of the Arts, London. She exhibits on a regular basis and has been selected for many national and international exhibitions and curated projects such as the BBC Big Screens programme, London's Gasworks Gallery, Pixel Pops USA, and the International Print Triennial, Poland. Her work is held in public and private collections in the UK, Europe and the USA and is documented in several publications including 'The Language of Mixed-Media Sculpture' by Jac Scott (ARBS)
Crowood Press 2014.
Italo Calvino in his book 'Invisible Cities' said "The city does not tell us its past, but contains it like the lines of a hand, written in the corner of the streets, the gratings of the windows, the banisters of the steps, every segment marked in turn." I am an ardent observer of the built environment, I gather visual inspiration through my travels at home and abroad. Modern structures fill a city skyline with gleaming surfaces; reflecting shards of urban growth are seen as declarations of financial success. While in back streets and forgotten neighbourhoods derelict walls become textural tapestries; interfered with signs and fragments of faded posters are varnished with a film of daily life, bearing witness to the passage of time and the changing culture. These disparate environments speak volumes about a place; they tell of past lives, present circumstances, future hopes and fears. These visual inspirations are combined with my interest in current affairs - income disparities, education and social justice, urban expansion and the environment, age and gender related issues - these are some of the themes that run through my work.
Information on Materials and Techniques Used
My work on paper includes limited edition prints, collages and unique drawings. The drawings start with sketchbook pen drawings and original photographs which are combined digitally using photo-manipulation, digital collage, and digital drawing then printed using pigment inks onto drawing paper. Using a variety of materials such as lightfast marker pens, pencils, acrylic paint, and wax crayons, often including collaged elements, I create unique works that blend the photographic with the hand drawn. My digital prints are created using photo-manipulation, digital collage, and digital drawing printed in small limited editions using archival pigment inks onto fine art digital paper. My mosaic works explore my fascination with architectural repetition through unique patterned pieces using glass tiles, some are suitable for outdoor placement.
An ongoing pursuit of creating distressed surfaces for interpreting decay and regeneration has been significant to my practice and has led me to research a range of experimental or lesser known techniques and materials to create my mixed-media work in both 2D and sculptural forms. Digital Fresco
is a technique where an image is printed using a pigment inkjet printer onto a water-soluble prepared surface then transferred by hand onto wet fresco (fine plaster). Paper Mache Clay
is a material made by combining paper, plaster and glue to create a lightweight and durable medium which can be easily applied to a variety of structures and once dried acts as a strong, absorbent surface for other sculptural materials.
This July I'm curating an exhibition, 'Remind me to remember . . . ' on the theme of ageing and memories at The Brock Keep Gallery, Open Hand Open Space,
Reading. I selected 19 artists from over 70 submissions to participate with a variety of media including painting, print, sculpture, video and sound installations. The exhibition will show artwork inspired by elderly relatives; introspection of artists personal lives; issues surrounding memory loss; views of ageing in contemporary society; these are just some of the topics explored. The exhibition is open 12th to 15th July from 1 pm, more info on the OHOS web site.
For more information on materials and techniques please refer to the Bibliography section on my CV
page. For any comments, questions, or availability of artwork or workshops please contact me via email to info_at_jcurleycannon_dot_com (replacing the _at_ and _dot_ with the punctuation).
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