Warp, weft, stitch, thread 2021
Find, make 2021
Jane Ponsford is an artist who works primarily with paper, finding inspiration in the repetitive processes involved in transforming fibres into paper-pulp with which she makes her constructions. Currently she is particularly interested in materiality and process in response to place and she begins much of her work by collecting dust and materials connected with specific locations.
‘The pieces I am showing in this exhibition find themselves at the intersection between mapping, weaving and drawing a line. They are concerned with ways of describing a path between locations or within an area. Some of them are very much connected to actual locations; all the paper with chalk pieces have been made in response to places on the Downs. They can all be described as material drawings in that what might have been a drawn line is in these works a made line. I am inspired by stories where a breadcrumb trail leads back to home (or not) and the way Ariadne used thread to find the way through the Minotaur’s maze.’
'Traces' and 'Dark Quatrain', the two pieces added for 'Find, make', use collected materials for colour or to lend texture and form and were made in relation to particular places. In 'Traces', all the materials in some way refer to writing and were collected locally to Jane. 'Dark Quatrain' was made after a walk at night in local woods where, in the day, Jane had collected fallen oak galls to make the ink. She is interested in the way that the work seems to reflect an atmosphere as well as a material.
Jane is a member of IAPMA, the International Association of Hand Papermakers and Paper Artists. She exhibits nationally and has developed her current practice through residencies in response to the landscape.
Key words to describe her approach: respond, trace, collect, accumulate, mark.
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