We’re delighted and honoured to be featuring Jane Tudge as our guest artist this month at Leg of Mutton. Jane’s work, in deceptively simply black-and-white wax, explores the fragile power and the workings of memory. She describes the objects she creates as ‘containers for recollection, quiet agents provocateurs of contemplation’. The resulting work leaves room for the viewer’s imaginative response, and the repetition, ritual and intricacy involved in creating the objects are fundamental to the artist’s practice and the resulting pieces.
The process that Jane has developed to create her waxworks reflects the process by which memories are laid down and recollected. She constructs a bas relief in a semi-transparent bone-coloured medium – the skeleton of an object image – then buries and traps it in pigmented wax, and scrapes back to reveal the original laid-down image/memory. Jane refers to these resulting images as ‘physical photograms’.
Jane’s practice is fast gaining recognition. Her work is in national and international private collections and the Women’s Library; it has been shortlisted for the Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize 2015 and the National Open Art Prize 2014; and it was selected for Drawn, The Royal West of England’s Drawing Open 2013, the Royal West of England’s Autumn Open Exhibitions in 2010, 2011, 2012, and the Ludlow Summer Exhibition of Contemporary Art Open in 2009, 2010, 2012. She has had four solo exhibitions since graduating, the most recent of which was I saw this and thought of you, at three, BPN, Birmingham, 2013.
Jane Tudge’s work will be at Leg of Mutton through 11 June, along with a selection of work by Andrew Eastwood and Shannon Donovan that concern nostalgia, evocation and memory. We’re open to the public 15-17 May, 10 AM to 5 PM, and by appointment otherwise. Don’t ever be shy about emailing or ringing us if you’d like to stop by!