Approved: 03.03.2009

Jane Mellor

Artist, Graphic designer

Approved: 03.03.2009

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

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  • Location: Sheffield, Yorkshire
  • Activities: Practice-based research, Graphic Design
  • Categories: Digital, Drawing, Graphics, Installation, Photography
  • Tags: Drawing, installation, digital print
 
 

Biography

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.

CV & Education

Exhibitions

2013 – Salisbury Open Exhibition: Drawing

2013 – Anonymous, ROAR, Rotherham, South Yorkshire

2013 – Hutton's Unconformity, Hutton's Buildings, Sheffield Site specific

2012 – Assembly13: BIRTHDAY! , Block Projects, Sheffield

2012 – Drawing and Illustration Season 3, Bank St Arts, Sheffield

2009 – A42D, BLOC Projects, Sheffield

2009 – Clifton School Sculpture, Clifton Community Arts School, Rotherham

2008 – My dogs got no nose…, Sylvester Space, Sheffield

2008 – Process, HIVE Gallery, Elsecar, South Yorkshire

2007 – Scratching the Surface, BLOC Studios, Sheffield Solo Show

2005 – Just when you thought it was all going so well..., Graves Gallery, Sheffield

2000 – Guest House Twenty, Houses and workplaces in Sheffield, Sheffield Site specific

 

Qualifications and training

2008 – engage Watch this Space, King Edward VII School/Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Sheffield

2000 – Art Teachers' Certificate, Institute of Education, University of London, London

1976 – BA Fine Art, Leeds Art College, Leeds