Jane Cordery describes herself as a conceptual, multi-media and process based artist who works in drawing, painting and sculpture.
Having worked in HR for over thirty years, in the not for profit sector, Jane’s focus was initially on landscape painting. In undertaking her Fine Art degree she came to understand that her fundamental interest was in people.
In Not a Solo Endeavour Jane’s work revolves around the complex ways in which we socialise together and the environments/places, history and memories that are important to our sense of connection.
She is also interested in socio-political and environmental factors that can create human social disruption and loss, leading to a sense of disconnect, such as migration, climate change and, more recently, the pandemic.
In her 2D and 3D sculptural works, Jane typically uses ‘female-gendered’ materials – cotton, thread and wool – often combined with fragile or hard materials, or a combination of both, in order to artistically express her thought processes.
The sense of line and form dominate her artistic expression as a way of building her own artistic language. Her work is not obvious and often has at focus aspects that are overlooked or under-stated.
The experience of the pandemic, combined with her own personal loss during 2020, led her to change to a rules and random way of working (where the artist uses a set of rules combined with a process that involves an element of chance) to try to express the randomness of social connection and subsequent loss. In a way her processes reflect world circumstances as our sense of control has given way to mere randomness.
However, it is the nature of the human spirit to try to still find the joy and positivity in life and it is this that is reflected in Jane’s latest works, even if still underlined by different facets of human nature that interest her.