Apparitions: Frottages and Rubbings from 1860 to Now
The Menil Collection, Houston, September 9th 2015 - January 3rd 2016.
Landscape, 2013 (from Model Series) will be shown in this exhibition, the first to explore the historical roots and contemporary impact of the technique of frottage. 


Landscape, 2013 (from Model Series).
Graphite frottage and pencil on paper, 56 x 153cm.


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Apparitions: Frottages and Rubbings from 1860 to Now.  Author, Allegra Pesenti.  Published by The Menil Collection, Houston and The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. Distributed by Yale University Press.  ISBN 978-0-300-21469-7


Contemporary Drawings from Britain.  Xi'an Academy of Fine Art (XAFA), China. December 2015.

A Site Edit drawing from Regeneration will be included in this large survey exhibition and will also feature in the accompanying catalogue.

Site Edit

Site Edit VIII, 2008. Graphite frottage on graph paper. Diptych dimensions 42 x 60 cm.


The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge A commissioned bespoke edition of the photogram work Evidence of Doubt 2011 - 2013, will be shown, accompanied by the related drawings, in a two person show in 2016.

Catalogue quotations:

At the heart of Jane Dixon's work is a complex creative process that, perhaps uniquely, inverts the usual hierarchy, in that here a painting is made solely to play a part in the creation of a drawing (…)  The resulting drawings are (…) thought provoking works of art, which carry a considerable burden of symbolism.

Susan Owens, 2013 (extract from The Art of Drawing: British Masters and Methods since 1600.  V&A publishing)

"For me, the most affecting drawings are those which are peculiar and lucid (....) In this selection one finds such distinct 'handwriting': the very built up coloured dots and clear script in Alison Turnbull's chart, the muted drifts within passges by David Musgrave, Don Brown, Emma McNally, George Shaw, Jane Dixon or Alison Wilding, all of whom think with shading, razor cuts, frottage, transparencies and employ techniques that deliberately lose their eloquence in reproduction."

Catherine Lampert, 2009 (extract from the catalogue essay for In Between the Lines: Recent British Drawings, Trinity Contemporary, London.)

"What interests me is that you are able to produce images that appear calm out of such intensity or violence, yet that remain threatening. It is that sense of vulnerability combined with a troubling vitality that is fascinatng because so fragile, as if you have caught a moment of tension or poise between two such opposing states."

Simon Groom in conversation with Jane Dixon for the catalogue to accompany the exhibition 'Solid Sate: reflections upon the real' which she exhibited in and curated for Kettles' Yard, Cambridge in 2001.

"Her work is about vulnerability. It is about the human body, although the body is almost never present. It adresses the fears and sensations that the body engenders and arouses. Her paintings map the extent of our fragility and articulate the sensation of containment within fallible, organic, imperfect bodies. They speak eloquently of simple but important truths: of our need to hide our failings, to protect our weakness: they negotiate fundamental human paranoias - medical invasion, decrepitude, the threat of violence - and our fear of what is inevitable."

Ben Tufnell, curator at Tate Britain (taken from Under False Colours, 2004)

Catalogues and publications available:

Drawn to the Real, catalogue to accompany the exhibition. Published by and available from Alan Cristea Gallery, London. www.alancristea.com

The Art of Drawing: British Masters and Methods since 1600, by Susan Owens.  Published by V&A Publishing, 2013.  This book considers the distinctive characteristics of British drawing's masters and methods, from Medieval draughtsmanship to contemporary practice, examples are taken from the V&A collections.
ISBN: 9781851777587

Out of Rubble, by Susanne Slavick. Published by CHARTA in 2011, A survey of international artists including Julie Mehretu, Simon Norfolk, Cornelia Parker, Anselm Kiefer, Liu Bolin, Xu Bing and Wafaa Bilal, all of whom react to the wake of war in their work. The book includes two works from Regeneration - Tokyo 2, 2008 and Regeneration III (Yokohama) 2006. ISBN 978-88-8158-810-7

Regeneration - an illustrated programme for the exhibition of works on paper which took place in January/February 2008 is available from Tokyo Gallery +BTAP. Contact via info@tokyo-gallery.com or www.tokyo-gallery.com

A fully illustrated catalogue for In Between the Lines: Recent British Drawings is available to download from www.trinitycontemporary.com or contact the gallery.

Under False Colours Published by Djanogly Art Gallery, Nottingham, with essay by Ben Tufnell, text is in both English and Japanese.   ISBN 1 900809 21 4

Parallel Objects  Published by Kettle's Yard, Castle Street, Cambridge CB3 OAQ
ISBN 0 907074 83 9

Solid State  Published by Kettle's Yard, Telephone - 01223 352124
ISBN 0 907074 89 8



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