Rhythms and cycles define the natural world. From prehistoric times to today, the actions of the planets, animals and plants have had profound influence on human behavior, thoughts and beliefs. Incised marks on bone, among the first calendars, may have been used to predict the seasons and the migrations of animals upon which early humans were dependent. Early religious belief was likely based upon nature, notably the moon whose phases closely align with the female menstrual cycle, linking women to the power of the cosmos.
Jane Dell uses the natural world as her subject. Instead of focusing on traditional interpretations like landscape, she instead seeks ways to tap into the dynamic movement and power of natural forces. In her Lunar Phase paintings she captures an imaginary moment in time. Celestial bodies hurtle through space or reveal themselves slowly. The works aim to create several layers of meaning, which the viewer can slowly, upon reflection, unravel.
Jane’s seaweed paintings reflect upon the natural world in distress. Life in that world is under siege from man-made forces driven primarily by greed. Her answer: celebrate the grace and beauty of this undersea world to challenge the forces that seek their destruction.
About Jane Dell
Jane Dell is a native New Yorker who crossed over the river and is currently living and working in East Orange, New Jersey. She studied at Parsons School of Design, The School of Visual Arts, and received her BFA from Pratt Institute. Her paintings and mixed media art have been in numerous group shows located in Brooklyn, Connecticut, Philadelphia, New Jersey, upstate New York, Los Angeles, and Matera, Italy, at venues including the Lesley Heller Workspace, Central Booking Gallery, Gallery Orchard 33, Emerge Gallery, Saugerties, NY, and the Fountain Art Fair.
Jane has two solo exhibitions in 2o18; Eternal Verities at Chashama’s One Brooklyn Bridge Park space, and at the Landau Gallery in Belmont Hill, MA this Fall. Her past solo exhibitions include Metaphorical Expressions at the Monmouth Museum in Lincroft, New Jersey, The Art House and the Drawing Rooms, both in Jersey City, Scrambled Realities at the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance, Narrowsburg, N.Y., and French Curves at the Creative Center in Chelsea, NY. She has been interviewed and featured in numerous art publications, newspapers and catalogues. Previously, Dell was awarded a month residency at the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Arts Colony. Her work is in private and permanent collections in the United States and Internationally.
Dell’s vivid imagination and an attraction to all types of painting and mixed media mediums have encompassed a number of themes from environmental, animal fantasies, hybrids and the effects of lunar phases on the earth. The love of painting and creating worlds of fantasy are her main focus.
For further information or to schedule a private visit during the last week of the exhibition, please visit her website at http://www.janedell.com or contact Jane at firstname.lastname@example.org She may also be followed on Facebook and Instagram.
This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov.