Nest II and Nest I, 2020. Graphite frottage drawings from Re-Natured: studio installation
"Despite the documentary import of photography, these are not specimens that have emerged from the deepest oceans or furthest forests: they are creations from within the artist's mind realised through the transforming properties of light. Their creation shares a deeper metaphor with Anna Atkins' algae cyanotypes (….) A biometric realisation, in that art imitates the processes of life to create new forms."
Craig Hartley, 2016. (extract discussing Evidence of Doubt, from his catalogue essay for Realisation: recent works by Susan Aldworth and Jane Dixon) Published by The Fitzwilliam Museum, 2016.
"On a more universal scale, meanwhile, the body is what we must live within. As we're reminded by Jane Dixon's intensely worked Untitled (Torso Diptych) 1997 - a near abstract study in bulging flesh - the body is the imperfect frame wherein consciousness pulses (…)."
Martin Herbert, 2016 (extract from his essay in Drawn from Life: People on Paper.) Hayward Publishing, 2016.
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, Publications and Audio available:
The Human Touch: Making Art, Leaving Traces. Hardback catalogue published in 2021 by the Fitzwilliam Museum. ISBN 978-1-913645-05-2
Anatomies of Touch was a panel discussion, organised by the Fitzwilliam Museum. Speakers were: Jane Dixon (Artist), Claudia Hammond (Broadcaster and Psychologist) and James Hopkinson-Woolley (Hand Surgeon). The original took place online on May 27th, 2021. An audio version is available on https://youtu.be/2umqv_g4B78
Realisation: Recent Works by Susan Aldworth and Jane Dixon. Catalogue by curator Craig Hartley to accompany the exhibition at The Fitzwilliam Museum. Published by The Fitzwilliam Museum, 2016. ISBN: 978-1-910731-05-5
Drawn from Life: People on Paper. Hayward Publishing, 2016. ISBN: 978-1-85332-342-3
Apparitions: Frottages and Rubbings from 1860 to Now. By Allegra Pesenti, to accompany the exhibition at The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles and The Menil Collection, Houston. Published 2015, Distributed by Yale University Press, ISBN: 978-0-300-21469-7
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.
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 email@example.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
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Solid State Published by Kettle's
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