Photo: Jane Mellor in Sheffield, Yorkshire

Jane Mellor

Artist, Graphic designer

Individual In my work I use drawing to explore the conscious and unconscious territory of absence. The drawing becomes a record of absence – the trace of the now absent human hand, and the representation of an empty, unused space. The drawings are based on photographs I have taken from scenes I have either come across, or deliberately constructed. The work is created by the slow process of layering thousands of graphite or charcoal pencil strokes onto paper. The photograph captures a moment whilst drawing reflects the passing of time, each mark a visual record of the presence, and action, of the human hand. The scale of the drawings reflects the implied presence of the human body. To emphasise this they are not framed but hung, or placed, in a manner that relates directly to the physicality of the viewer. Collaborative In contrast my membership of Sheffield based utk, merges my individual identity as an artist, with that of three other artists. We respond to social and political issues with installations in galleries, site specific and public art contexts. Humour is central to our practice and the resultant work generally comes under the collective identity of utk. We formulate our ideas through frequent meetings and discussions and also curate work with other artists locally and nationally.

Location Sheffield, Yorkshire
Activities Practice-based research, Graphic Design
Artforms / type of project Digital, Drawing, Graphics, Installation, Photography
Tags Drawing, installation, digital print

News & Events

  • Salisbury Open Exhibition 2013: Drawing

    05/10/2013 – 10/11/2013
    Salisbury Arts Centre, Bedwin Street, Salisbury, SP1 3UT

    Jane Mellor's drawing, Trace, was selected for the Salisbury Open Exhibition 2013.

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