As the seismic challenges of 2020 displace us, I reflect even more on nature and function. My paintings and drawings are born of curiosity about the world traveled, coupled with the world I can create. Besides responding to architecture, I am also responding to my relationship of movement and travels. Architecture provokes and induces thought; emotions are aroused by looming buildings, sharp corners and sloping skylines. On my right, I hug the Hudson River into the noisy city, with the sun rising from my left, Harlem. These all speak to ideas of function and security. The ordinary and unprepossessing are what I seek to hold in vision and memory. My art works as a visual allegory between individuals and location.
Jane Kang Lawrence received her BFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University. Following a residency at the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica and residency at Casaterra (Puglia, Italy) she continued to dovetail art making with teaching by pursuing her Masters from the School of Visual Arts. She has taught visual arts, ceramics, and visual literacy for students in New York City for over 15 years. Jane is a recent recipient of a Teaching Excellence award from the FLAG Foundation, NYC. Jane is a founding director of Peep Space (Tarrytown, NY) and maintains a studio in New York.
As an arts educator, I encourage my students to keep their eyes open to their environment, to consistently stay curious about their surroundings and community, and to wonder about nature and function. I hope to give my students the confidence to know that their visions and views of the world can be used to create art, share with others, and be seen and read as valid expression. Currently I am focusing on creating a more inclusive curriculum that can help my young artists engage with current events in a safe and creative environment.
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