Janet Werner

About the Artist

There is no single system or category into which my paintings neatly fit. The work is hybrid, characterized by a multiplicity of images, bits and pieces of the world being brought into view. Discrete images including monochromes, patterns, words, the faces of people and dogs, hands, faces and eyes float together across the walls. The elements combine to suggest a  narrativeRelating to the telling of a story, or the telling of events, etc.  but there is no logical sequence to be discovered. The  juxtapositionCombining two or more objects that don’t usually go together to cause the viewer to consider both objects differently.  of different forms insists upon another, more subjective, order of experience, another register of language which breaks with the ideals of unified, cohesive, rational structures without offering another kind of closure.
--Janet Werner

Janet Werner was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She has lived and worked in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, but obtained her Bachelor’s Degree of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, and her Master’s Degree in Fine Arts from the prestigious Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. Now living in Montreal, Quebec, she has established herself as an important Canadian painter, exhibiting widely at institutions such as Montreal’s Parisian Laundry and Saidye Bronfman Centre, Toronto’s Tableau Vivant, and the Prague Biennial.

Werner’s portraits of young women range from the fictional but pathetically awkward Tall Girl and Dog Face (presented here on the ARTSask web site in The Gaze theme) to more recognizable celebrity subjects such as Paris Hilton, to literally objectified women like the figurines of Royal Doulton and Barbie. She is known and respected for breaking the rules of painting, using a  techniqueAny method of working with art materials to produce an art object. Often implied is the sense that techniques are carefully studied, exacting, or traditional, but this is not necessarily the case. Examples include basketry, blotting, carving, constructing, découpage, embossing, encaustic, exquisite corpse, firing, folding, hatching, kerning, laminating, marbling, modeling, necking. (artlex.com)   that incorporates broad strokes, blotchy colouration and inconsistent textures.


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