Janice Weeks in our garden

March 9, 2007 – April 14, 2007


“in our garden contains both botanical and human qualities and is symbolic of organic transformation. Drawing upon Eastern and Western notions of space and ornament, the installation is informed by traditional Chinese paper cutting and Art Nouveau architecture; an artery-like outgrowth encompassing the notion of craft and design within a flock-like wallpapered space. It illustrates an intersection of the body, earth and aesthetics.

In creating a seductive and dramatic, stage-like atmosphere, I attempt to engage the participant to examine their surroundings and challenge them to find meaning, not just int he imagery on display, but in their relationship to it.

I wanted to make a place that contained life and death in both the selection and utilization of the material. Red velvet conjures many thoughts from luxurious settings to religious dwellings, and it simultaneously references blood; the essential substance of life. Both of the human body and of the earth, in our garden is an opulent place to grow and change.”

Artist Statement

“I am interested in the life process as an ongoing creation. I see humanity’s role in the narrative as a vehicle of expression, thus my art is an outgrowth of my authenticity as a person; the sum of myself as a human being living in the this world. I want to provoke an awareness of the balance between body and mind, spirit and earth, life and death; the things that define our existence and unite us as people.

Representative of transformation, my artistic process as a constant edit, and it is reflective of my tautological reasoning made apparent by pictorial allusions of repetitive structures of the organic. My work is a way to find out about myself, as much as it is away to examine the current state of the world.

I draw upon many cultural traditions, merging them into my own aesthetic to create a manifestation of my inner and outer world. I tend to use several materials of personal revelry to demonstrate an emotion or thought. I see each work as an attempt to reach a level of exact expression; to reveal visually what can not be seen.”