Janet French

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Statement

My work explores the symbiotic relationship between man and the natural environment.  It is important to me that I communicate my interaction with the landscape and do not produce work that is based solely on observation.  I express this by using materials gathered from my garden and local fields and woodland and have developed a technique of transforming leaves and fibres into 'paper'.  I am a keen gardener and, as with gardening, I work in tune with the seasons and weather.

I am currently fascinated by the spiritual experience of the effect of light seen through trees.  The images in my current body of work are an attempt to encapsulate this and are produced using a variety of printmaking methods including linocuts, woodcuts and screen prints onto paper made from leaves and fibres of local woodland species. 

I am also engaged in an ongoing collaborative project to produce a unique series of portraits of native trees etched on to their own leaves.

Biography

Janet French gained a BA (Hons) Art & Design – Fine Art at Colchester School of Art & Design in 2006. Until recently she was Joint Chair of Gainsborough’s House Printmakers and is a member of Artworks, Essex Art Society, and The Printmakers Council. Originally from London, Janet has lived in Essex for thirty years.

Exhibition History

2012Artworks Exhibition, Blackthorpe Barn, Suffolk
2012Janet French Printmaker, Naze Tower, Essex
2012St. Peter's, Sudbury, Suffolk
2012Babylon Gallery, Ely, Cambridgeshire
2011Noverre Gallery, Norwich, Norfolk
2011Artworks Exhibition, Blackthorpe Barn, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk
2011The Crooked House Gallery, Lavenham, Suffok
2011Prints in St. Peter's, Sudbury, Suffolk
2010Artworks Exhibition - Blackthorpe Barn, Suffolk
2010Edmund Gallery, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk
2010Print in St. Peter's - Sudbury, Suffolk
2010Suffolk Coastal Deckchairs - Touring Exhibition, Suffolk
2010Artworks - Wingfield Barns, Suffolk
2010Essex Art Society - Shepherd Market, London
2009Artworks Exhibition - Blackthorpe Barn, Bury St. Edmunds
2009Gainsborough's House Print Workshop - Snape, Suffolk
2009Prints in St. Peters - Sudbury,Suffolk
2009Artworks - Wingfield Barns, Suffolk
2008Artworks Exhibition - Blackthorpe Barn, Bury St. Edmunds
20083 man show - Octagon Bridge Gallery, Colchester
2008Nine Artists - Hay Gallery, Colchester
2007Fingringhoe - Photographs produced during residency
2007Gainsborough's House Print Workshop - Pond Gallery, Suffolk
2007'Down to Earth' - Nine Artists - Bethnal Green, London
2007Fingringhoe Nature Reserve - Artist in Residence
2007Lookoutpost Project - www.lookoutpost.co.uk