Alpha Theta

Alpha Theta at the Old Biscuit Factory

‘Alpha Theta’ at The Old Biscuit Factory

I’m really excited to announce that I am taking part in an exhibition hosted by Art Number 23. The show opens on 7th February at ‘The Old Biscuit Factory’ London and you have until 12th February to check it out.

This will be the first time that I have shown my handmade books, so this is an especially exciting show for me.

Alpha Theta Exhibition Poster
Alpha Theta – an exhibition by Art Number 23 at The Old Biscuit Factory London

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Bennett and Garrett

Bennett and Garrett Right Wall

Printmaker Jane Bennett and Photographer Joanna Garrett show new collaborative work at ‘The Test Bed’ on the 17th December 2018.

The show ‘Bennett and Garrett’ is the first exhibition by myself and photographer Joanna Garrett and it was hosted by one of my favourite research facilities ‘In Certain Places’  at the pop-up exhibition and engagement space ‘The Test Bed’.

Bennett and Garrett Collaboration One Screenprint and Darkroom
Collaboration One

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State of Print

State of Print, Jane Elizabeth Bennett, University of Central Lancashire

The State of Print is an Artist Led Nation and it has been a pleasure to be offered citizenship.

SOP is a touring exhibition that questions the nature of states, borders, and reproduction. Each time the state relocates to a new exhibition space it collects ten artists who print ten boxes which are absorbed into the collection. All works respond to the manifesto laid out by the state.

STATE OF PRINT (SOP) MANIFESTO

All Manifestos are Useless
All States are Fake
All Images are Made
All Worlds are Invented

State of Print, box installation Harrington Social Space
Jane Elizabeth Bennett, member of SOP

 

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North

Lithography and Screenprint, 2018, Jane Elizabeth Bennett, August Artistic Experimentation

I feel so privileged to be mentioned in Volume 4 of ‘North’ as part of Jo Garrett’s wonderful interview on the darkroom.

North Magazine, Volume 4 featuring Jane Elizabeth Bennett and Jo Garrett
North Magazine, Volume 4 Jo Garrett’s Interview featuring Jane Elizabeth Bennett

I love the way that Jo talks about the magic of the darkroom, the physical interactions between chemistry and light, it is alchemy and I adore it. I think it is so easy to disassociate the physicality of making work from the final outcome which often ends up, framed and pristine, on a white wall.

When I’m working in the darkroom with Jo, I can relax. We often discuss the crossovers and co-dependencies of printmaking and photography. How each process informs, shapes and directs the evolution of the other, while still remaining very separate artforms.

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August Experimentation

Developing 3D scans, 2018, August Experiments, Jane Elizabeth Bennett

August is the best month to have artistic explorations as the campus is quieter and my main focus is readying the studios for the coming academic year.

Strangely, I find the cleaning and sorting is good for my work ethic and working on in the studios themselves help focus my artistic experimentation.

Lithography and Screenprint, 2018, Jane Elizabeth Bennett, August Artistic Experimentation
Metallic Lithograph on Screen-print, 2018, Jane Elizabeth Bennett, August Artistic Experimentation

Heaven is in the making
Remains unfinished
A possibility
If there’s a glimpse of it
In the little dance of tongues

Einsturzende Neubauten – Heaven Is Of Honey

The links to music and philosophy may not be immediately obvious within my work, but I am as much influenced by rhythm in language and dissonant chords as I am influenced by visual artists. The gently clanged rhythms and gorgeous singing of Blixa Bargeld is the perfect soundtrack to grow artwork within.

There is also something so incredibly exciting about work in progress. It isn’t finished or complete and I don’t empirically ‘know’ at this point how it will turn out. There are small glimpses of it and endless possibilities. It’s very exciting.

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