Janet Stafford

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Work1 Title: Untitled Year: 2015 Materials: oil on paper Dimensions: H 55 inches W 80 inches D Work2 Title: Natural History 11 Year: 2012 Materials: oil on canvas Dimensions: H 21 inches W 21 inches D Work3 Title: Natural History 14 Year: 2014 Materials: oil on canvas Dimensions: H 21 inches W 21 inches D Work4 Title: Natural History 15 Year: 2015 Materials: oil on canvas Dimensions: H 21 inches W 21 inches D Work5 Title: Natural History 13 Year: 2013 Materials: oil on canvas Dimensions: H 21 inches W 21 inches D

Statement:

I have always worked in series—streams of thoughts and desires common to us all, represented by images. I see the images as a sign of the material world, and I do not place the material in opposition to the nonmaterial (what some would call the spiritual or the mysterious). In fact, I use the material as a path to awareness.

At first my series were narrative, encompassing quotidian aspects such as romantic love and sex. And I considered ideas—enlightenment, science, memory. Now I am thinking about nature and our planet, as so many of us are. The recent work is more of a presentation than a story.

For my series, I think a long time about what I want to talk about or show, then I photograph that idea and use those photographs as a basis for a number of paintings. The paintings are either all on one long canvas or on separate canvases, as with my current series, Natural History.

In Natural History I am working with images of trees, though not any particular tree. This tree series comprises 33 oil paintings, all of which are 21 inches square. The arrangement of the paintings on a wall is in the pattern of a Fibonacci series of numbers, and it will have the silhouette of a tree. These paintings are straightforward, showing the beauty of nature. Natural History is similar to a poem, describing a situation. It simply is.

Natural History is neutral in the way it is painted. My process here is meditative and careful, as opposed to emotional and expressionistic. It is slow painting. I think the carefulness of this work encourages the viewer to linger, taking in aspects of repetition, number, order, and beauty. And it allows the viewer to have his or her own emotional response to the work.

My work, generally, is about the nature of our reality: what we imagine, what we are thinking about—what makes up our lives. It is about how we find and make meaning in our lives. I mean to paint about existence and the inevitable beauty.

Resume:

Born     Texas, USA

MFA University of Tennessee

Exhibitions
Group
2015    Vantage Points, ArtSpace64, New York, NY
Circle the Wagons III, Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Postcards From the Edge, Luhring Augustine Gallery, New York, NY
2014    SACI Art Blog, Florence, Italy
Off the Wall, London, England
The Last Brucennial, New York, NY
Postcards From the Edge, Luhring Augustine Gallery, New York, NY
2013    Open Doors project at Fórum Eugénio de Almeida, Évora, Portugal
5×7, Austin Museum of Art-Arthouse, Austin, TX
Postcards From the Edge, Sikkema Jenkins & Co, New York, NY
Object Abuse, Spinach, London, England
2012        5×7, Austin Museum of Art-Arthouse, Austin, TX
Brucennial, New York, NY
Postcards From the Edge, Cheim & Read Gallery, New York, NY
True Blue, Los Angeles, CA
2011        Annual Open Studio, China Brilliance Gallery, New York, NY
mailto, Driftstation, Lincoln, NB
5×7, Arthouse at the Jones Center, Austin, TX
Postcards From the Edge, CRG Gallery, New York, NY
2010        An Exchange with Sol Lewitt, Mass MoCA, North Adams, MA
5×7, Arthouse at the Jones Center, Austin, TX
BYOA, X Initiative, New York, NY
2009        What’s New In New York, Sirani Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
2008    Feliz Navidad, Centro Cultural Metropolitano, Guatemala City, Guatemala
Open Studio, Heliker-LaHotan, Cranberry Island, ME
2007        Merry Christmas, Cultural Center of Spain, Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Postcards From the Edge, James Cohan Gallery, New York, NY
2006        Candy, Beacon, NY
2004        John A. Noble Art Auction, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Staten Island, NY
This Land – Five Unique Perspectives of the Landscape, Cherokee County Arts Center (Georgia Council for the Arts), Canton, GA
2003        Group Show, Tompkins Square Library, New York, NY
1992        Kool Art, New York, NY
1990        Group Show, City Museum (NYC Dept of Cultural Affairs), New York, NY
1985        Selections, The Drawing Center, New York, NY

Place: New York, NY

Contact: janet@janetstafford.com

Website: http://www.janetstafford.com