Jane Wilkinson

Jane Wilkinson’s work transforms the meaning of objects and images by recontextualising them.

In her paintings she often selects the overlooked or the fragmentary – for instance, discarded pottery shards – isolating them and unlocking their quiet power by her intense focus and meticulous technique. Similarly, material for her collages comes from printed material that has been abandoned because obsolete – mid-century women’s magazines, old illustrated dictionaries and encyclopedias. Extracting and rearranging the imagery from these creates a new ‘conversation’ between the things represented, generating unexpected associations – a poetic taxonomy rather than a rational one.