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Jo Lane is a drawer, and uses representational style to illustrate abstract ideas. representational in style, her slightly staged yet ambiguous work invite individual responses, these depend on the viewer’s own perspective and life experience. She creates work that is moving, stimulating and curious. Her drawings are complex, and are said to be, mesmerising. Her art heroes are Luc Tuymans, Juul Kreijer and Michael Borremans.
This show SENSOR is an experimental body of work about what it feels like to be in the chasm that is the inside of ourselves. While these works could be considered ‘portraits’, they are not traditional impressions of a person as seen from the outside world, but rather sensed as if inside. While all the subjects are known to the artist and based on their interactions, they are universal portraits of sentience. They have no race, sex or age to be judged by.
“All of us are inside ourselves – all of us know we are actually made up of how it feels to be our self, only others see something different.”
SENSOR plays with depiction of the limitless space of being a ‘self’: the emotional; the feeling between conscious and unconscious; the nature of thought; being present; eternity between loss and gain; strength and fragility etc.
The works have evolved using a combination of very defined, consciously applied drawn marks and the random reactions and meanderings of water-based media, which seeks its own form and shapes on the paper to express the ‘person’. This risky stream-of-consciousness approach, when harnessed to a strongly traditional, observational drawing technique results in images that are dancing with contradiction. Keenly aware of the ebb and flow of the watercolour, the SENSOR works have been ‘guided’ into existence.
The suggestions of the marks and the flow of the medium, influence the forming/un-forming of the finished pieces: in that sense, it has been ’collaboration’ between artist, the sense of the subject (the person) and the physicality of the production.