Jane James presents a body of work that celebrates the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey to spell out ‘We said yes’, in both Morse and Semaphore, and one larger piece that spells ‘LOVE’. The use of the semaphore and Morse code to spell out the message of the exhibition references layers of meaning and visual symbols. From a maritime background, and they are codes that are universally understood. The sticks and stones employed are a direct play on the old adage. The rope winds through the visual plane, supporting but not binding the elements.
In ‘We Said Yes’ each piece is a visual signal that forms part of a larger whole, the relationship between individual pieces assured by the continuity of rope and that we brought equality a little bit closer.
Jane James is a Tasmanian artist also based in Brisbane, her work informed by travels to environments in the Asia Pacific region and while her work is largely representational, there is manipulation of visual language to overlay additional meanings. Where Rope has formed a central motif , it is used both as metaphor and visual element , in its many forms, and further to the purposes for which it is designed.
2015 Artist in Residence Science Program, DSITI, Ecosciences Precinct. Brisbane
2016 Sam and Adele Golden Foundation Residency, New York, United States of America.
2017 Semantics, Jan Manton Art, Brisbane, Queeensland
2016 The Rogue‘s Yarn, Jan Manton Art, Brisbane, Queeensland
2014 Bower, Brisbane, Queensland
2012 Nest, Brisbane, Queensland
1998 Bourbon Bluez – Suva, Fiji
Selected Group Exhibitions
2017 Thirteenth Annual Artists Show, Colville Gallery, Hobart, Tasmania
2017 Made in Paint, Sam and Adele Golden Foundation Gallery, New York
2016 Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize, South Australian Museum, Adelaide, South Australia
2015 Data as Art, Webb Centre, Griffith University, Brisbane Queesnsland
2015 Art Meets Science, EcoSciences Precinct, Brisbane, Queensland
2014 Art Meets Science, EcoSciences Precinct, Brisbane, Queensland
2012 Art for Sharks, Bleeding Heart Gallery, Brisbane, Queensland
2009 Art for Sharks, Bleeding Heart Gallery, Brisbane, Queensland
2009 Sunshine Coast Art Prize, Caloundra Regional Art Gallery, Queensland
2009 Marine Visions III, Retrospect Gallery, Byron Bay, NSW
2008 The Relationship Between Humanity & The Sea”, ANL Maritime Art Prize – Melbourne
2006 Australian Society of Marine Artists National Exhibition – Maritime Museum, Queensland
2006 ANL Maritime Art Prize, Melbourne, Australia 2005 Joint Exhibition – Australian National Maritime
Museum, Sydney, Australia
2005 Australian Society of Marine Artists National Exhibition – Mosman Gallery, Sydney, Australia
2002 Australian Society of Marine Artists National Exhibition – Maritime Museum, Brisbane, Australia
Selected Awards and Prizes
2016 Finalist, Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize
2016 Finalist, Contemporary Art Awards
2016 Peoples Choice Award, Holmes Art Prize
2009 First prize – Fine art and Sculpture “Marine Visions III”
2006 Peoples’ Choice Award – Australian Society of Marine Artists National Exhibition
Work held in private collections, Asia, Europe, United States, Africa and Australia.
2014 Teaching residency, Lady Elliot Island, Marine Art.
2009 – 2014 Queensland University of Technology, Lecturer and Tutor
2006 – 2013 Brisbane Institute of Art, Tutor
1986 University of Tasmania, School of Art, Bachelor of Fine Art
1986 University of Tasmania, Faculty of Education, Diploma of Education