Folkestone UK

My new bolthole is Folkestone in Kent. Only 55 minutes from St Pancras on the fast train and you're there by the sea. There are lovely walks along the white cliff tops where on October 11th we picked wild apples, saw butterflies coupling and wild violets in flower; plus a really strange-looking long beetle that crossed our path. It was a warm and sunny day so I guess the wildlife was enjoying it as much as we were. We came across a Battle of Britain memorial site and nosed around in there taking fotos of the replica planes, which were impressive even though they were copies. This foto is the result of getting in close and personal to the aeroplanes. 

A new piece

Jane Pearrett
fotographie, gouach and graphite on A3 black paper

Generally I go to France every year for my holiday. This year I was in Arcachon near Bordeaux. They are big on oysters there and this was the first time I have eaten them. The experience was very rustic; the kitchen was a basic hut and the tables on the edge of an inlet of sea water with all its associated smells.

This area has countless oyster fishing boats and huts. The huts are mostly black in colour and all quite similar but are often personalised in some way. They are endlessly charming. A few of them were burnt down and left in a pile of charred wood and rusting metal.

I decided to take some detailed shots as I'm fascinated by the way rust creates its own form of beautiful and rhythmical abstraction like many other elements in nature.

I decided to use the rust images in a collage but to alter them further. In addition, I had recently bought a second-hand book on Hans Richter which I had been flicking through. In his late abstract work he makes a series of collages in a variety of mediums using a wedge-type curving shape. I have used a similar kind of shaping to create the sections of my piece as they have an organic, living and directional quality to them.

I often name my artworks after I have made them. This is because I don't make too much representational art and very abstract pieces are difficult to name because they are so indirect. So this morning after weeks of looking at the end product on my wall I decided to name it Shoal as it reminded me of the rhythmical spacing of fish when they swim together and this name also takes the piece back to where it came from which is the realm of the sea.

Collage: Metallum grandiflorum

I do hate scaffolding going up. I can't stand the whole process. It plunges us into darkness and has multiple ways of making our lives harder. I decided therefore to see what a few photos would reveal. I took a selection of frames of the joints, cut them out and made a collage of the clamps using them to create a triad of flower-like metallic figures, complete with bolts for petals. This happened, it seemed, quite naturally as the cut-out clamps had an organic quality to them and like flowers they have colour;  rusty browns, yellows and metallic silvers and greens plus some reflection from our actual garden. They are clunky and ungainly but retain some kind of elemental beauty which is often revealed when getting up close and personal to a subject.
The scaffolding is still up but I have got something from it which is a good thing.

Metallum grandiflorum
Photomontage on natural paper 
Jane Pearrett

Digital Print: Grand Modelisque

I wanted to look at the use of garish pink in relation to women and girls. Have you noticed the proliferation of pink on magazine covers? There are two or three variations of pink commonly used as long as they look fake, unnatural and cheap. I have also noticed this filtering into products for female children and regularly see little girls decked out from head to foot in nasty pink including prams and bikes. I find this disturbing and insidious and wonder about its symbolism and why it has become so extreme. In the work below I have taken the text from some popular women's magazine covers to fill and distort the figure of a model. I have repeated the image multiple times and reworked it both in and out of the computer. This work was included in issue 6 of Timglaset magazine.  

Grand Modelesque
Digital Print


Four photographs exploring textures, layers, chance and abstraction. I didn't notice the eye peeking through until I uploaded these. 

Underneath 1

Underneath 2

Underneath 3

Underneath 4
Jane Pearrett 2018

Incantation by Laughter by Futurist poet Velimir Khlebnikov

Incantation by Laughter

         O laugh it out, you laughsters!
         O laugh it up, you laughters!
So they laugh with laughters, so they laugherize delaughly.
         O laugh it up belaughably!
O the laughingstock of the laughed-upon – the laugh of belaughed laughsters!
O laugh it out roundlaughingly, the laugh of laughed-at laughians!
         Laugherino, laugherino,
         Laughify, laughicate, laugholets, laugholets,
                  Laughikins, laughikins,
         O laugh it out, you laughsters!
         O laugh it up, you laughters!

                                                               translated from the Russian by Gary Kern

Collage: Muscles Grouped According To Their Principal Action

As we come towards to the end of 2017 I thought it would be good to share what I think is one of my best works from this year. I made this for issue no.7 of a Swedish arts magazine called Timglaset. The theme was 'Errata' which triggered me into Dada mode. It seemed to me that this movement, being quite nihilistic and anti-aesthetic, would work well with the theme.   

So, a quick explanation: the work is done on the back of a used envelope with the glue and the brand name revealed at the top, which is an obvious 'mistake'. The cut-and-paste limbs are in the wrong place (more mistakes) and are not matched in size (oh dear!) and the head and one arm form an oversized phallus shape on this rolling nightmare-type figure. All is connected by the central cog. A single flexed arm appears to punch a red sphere which is a symbol of strength or aggression. A diagonal line loosely anchors the whole thing. This is a war-like, machine-like entity but it is also comical and kind of silly, which war is in so many ways.

Anyway it's my favourite piece of work from this year; just thought I'd let you know.

Muscles Grouped According To Their Principal Action
Collage by Jane Pearrett
Pencil, gouache and vintage images on an envelope