Jane Boyer

Jane Boyer

Artist, Curator, Project manager, Writer

My work explores the relationship between simulacrum and autobiography by looking at issues of translation, appropriation and inherited style bias. Thanatography, the description of a death experience, is a factor in this exploration too, but not in the sense of actually describing an experience of death, rather in describing a past self, which no longer exists. My work is an autobiographic tale, which is simulacral by nature – retelling a telling of an ‘I’ that does not exist. 

My work is also increasingly produced through the mediation of a screen to satisfy some desire to recycle existing works. Whether this is a desire to recreate myself, recycle my output generating new possibilities, or simply to recover what was discarded or lost, all are accurate and none are, quite.

I think I have finally reached the point where the word ‘artist’ rather than ‘painter’ or ‘photographer’ is the most accurate. I create paintings using very little paint, image sections of paintings to create new photographs, reconfigure the visible and tangible, passing all output through the ‘creative screen’, creating something in a process I can honestly say, “I’m not quite sure how I made it.”


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Location London
Activities Practice-based research, Workshops, Critical writing, Curating, Visual arts consultancy, Business planning, Project management, Marketing/communications
Artforms / type of project Curatorial project, Installation, Mixed Media, Painting, Text
Tags contemporary art, contemporary curating, painting, mixed media, critical writing, philosophy, identity, abstraction, text, photography