For its first exhibition of the new season 2018-2019, Le Salon Vert will present the English artist Jane Ward whose work is situated at the crossroads of photography, painting, and digital techniques. The artist will be finishing her residency at Trélex (VD) during the month of Se
Jane Ward works with digital printing techniques. She takes the photographs and then repeatedly and meticulously disassembles them on the computer. She then recomposes the fragments into imaginary landscapes and cityscapes, which appear broken up and ephemeral. Once the created image has been printed, the artist dissolves the ink and manually manipulates it, leaving traces of earlier forms and thus endowing the work with a kind of memory and a sense of the passage of time. Her cityscapes, her villages perched on steep hillsides, and her fantastical industrial settings feel strangely familiar. Jane Ward’s compositions evoke the destruction and regeneration of our daily environment and in this way suggest how memory functions. The brain collects thousands of signs and shapes from the exterior world, assimilates them, splits them apart and then reconstructs them into an unreal topography that is continually moving and yet lacking any linear temporality. This is the alchemy of dreams, emerging from interconnected memories. The curiously radiant light that bathes these fragmented spaces conjures an aura or an endless twilight, accentuating the profoundly playful dimension of Jane Ward’s works.
Jane Ward lives and works in London. After completing her Bachelor of Fine Arts at Coventry University in 1982, followed by a Master of Fine Arts at UCE (Birmingham) in 1998, she received a Master’s in engraving at the Royal College of Art (London) in 2007. She was the recipient of the Terrence Conran Foundation Award as well as the Tim Mara Prize for her work, and has completed several residencies, recently at the Portuguese Center for Silkscreen Printing in Lisbon and at the Pedra Sina Residency in Madeira in 2014, as well as at N°72 John St. Kilkenny, in Ireland, in 2012. She has also participated in numerous private and collective exhibitions, mainly in London but also in Ireland, Portugal, Switzerland, and New York.