Jane Dell

"Nothing I can say is going to improve how it looks." -Ken Price
 
 
Jane Dell’s paintings and mixed media collages on Mylar have shapes, gestures and forms that are inspired from fleeting glimpses of memory, and can be seen to co-exist in a visual narrative. This narrative is complex both in formal terms and in its associations and metaphors. She often equates her abstract forms to parts of the natural world that continuously inspire her. Dell values 'touch' and color as an expressive function of painting as well as a major contribution to non-linguistic, non-linear narrative.

Dell's work is content driven, and it gathers complexity throughout the painting process.Meaning often remains elusive to her for a time, but gradually becomes clear as the piece is completed.
 
"Jane Dell’s paintings and works on paper are a pithy and magical blend of
abstraction and figuration, of glorious color and mutating forms, and of
seductive fantasies and unsettling dreams.What really excites me about Dell’s art are the possibilities inherent in each work for exploration, both
viscerally and metaphysically. "

Curator/Artist, Judith Page 2013


"....But Dell isn't without undercurrents of angst and ennui. The acrylic collage on canvas "Trouble in Paradise" has a lone figure amid beautiful flora and fauna and a fish eye next to a window. The surroundings are opulent, seductive and vacant. Its reserved demeanor more than merely suggest things aren't quite right, but it doesn't yell, or throw a tantrum. 
Dell's compositions, made with acrylic and collage on canvas, or watercolor, ink, photography, collage on Mylar, are aqua environments with starfish spinning, urchins scuttling, frogs grinning and plants swaying. 
On the surface, they're placid pictures of a harmonious world submerged in water.
Beneath, they're anything but comforting. Dell's images have a detectable tension subtly suggested through palette and composition. 
Through various critters, keenly mixed and matched, interacting in their watery world, a tranquil existence seems to be on the edge much like the quiet before the storm. This is where Parsons and Dell connect and make an engaging exhibit."

Tim Kane is a freelance writer in Albany 2014

 
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