Over a period of years, I have developed a relatively simple, intuitive process of drawing with materials such as tape, thread, labels and paint to fabricate complex, intimate and circuited works (maps) on translucent, skin-like paper. My drawings take on characteristics of architecture and landscape schema--blueprints of imaginary locations perhaps. They register a familiarity suggesting that they exist somewhere. Pathways drawn with tape or stitched thread punctuate and intersect these arrangements as solid form dissipates through transparent spaces or layered grids.
Relationships of memory, sensation and material presence are pivotal to my drawings and installations. Translucency, cut-tape, stitched threads and thin layers of paint confuse the eye while inviting, yet denying haptic intimacy. The positioning of architectural sites—platforms, pavilions—nested in erratic, branching circuitry, propels a narrative of movement and repose. “Place” is sequestered in the containing quality of form, surface and suspended time of looking.
Artist Bio / CV
Jane Lackey’s works engage micro/macro thinking about issues of culture, nature, communication and place through a tailored use of materials and construction. Lackey’s works on paper, sculptures, and installations have been exhibited nationally and internationally in venues including the Wellcome Trust, London; I Space, Chicago; Exit Art, NYC; Tang Teaching Museum, Syracuse, NY; Detroit Institute of Art; Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, MI; The Art Gym, Marylhurst, OR; New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, NM and others. She has been the recipient of artist’s grants from the National Endowment of the Arts, the Illinois Arts Council and Artist Trust, Seattle. Residency/fellowships include Grand Arts, Kansas City; United States/France Visual Artist Residency, La Napoule, France; Camargo Foundation Fellowship, Cassis, France and Japan-US Friendship Commission/NEA Creative Artist Exchange Fellowship in Japan during 2011. Her work is in the permanent collections of Detroit Institute of the Arts; Museum of Arts and Design, NYC; Wellcome Trust, London; Hallmark Fine Art Collection, Kansas City, MO; University of Michigan; James A Michener Collection, Kent State University; Cranbrook Art Museum among others.