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JanaNicole’s works are memories in mixed media: up-cycled materials evoking a myriad of emotions from the spiritual to the comical, the classically familiar to the downright bizarre. She was raised in the desert of Southern California, among the backdrop of social and political change of the late 1960s, and formally trained as an artist at California State University, Northridge, then furthering her studies at The American College, London, during the mid-1980s.
Now resident in the UK, she exhibits her work regularly in and around London and the South East as well as in her native Palm Springs.
Her A-Z series was exhibited at London’s ‘The Other Art Fair’ and brings to the fore a cacophony of emotions, from the peace and tranquillity of the joy of innocence rekindled to the naughty energy of youth and mischief, drawing her audiences into a familiar and welcoming place that allows them to focus undisturbed on her works and wallow in their own personal memories.
With her ‘Cereals’ you can hear the crinkle of the bag that holds the toy and the Snap, Crackle and Pop from the cereal it is concealed within. With her ‘Games’ you can hear the clicking of the mousetrap falling to the board and the clacking of the Lido bubble as the dice fly within the dome. You will remember rainy days and holidays, popcorn and toffee apples, projectors and train sets.
Her style is contemporary yet retro, simple yet sophisticated, innocent yet divisive. Personal messages abound among the up-cycled chaos that affronts you with her works as you enter a world that looks immediately familiar, and yet on closer inspection provides much more meaningful imagery to explore.
Demonstrated effectively in her ‘Mugshots’, and yet most arresting in her ‘Swear words’, where such a seemingly innocent image ultimately proves a salutary reminder that children hear every word from an early age. Her mysticism is deeply personal, quite affecting... and like a drug. Her complex imagery will draw you in and lift you up, and then dissipate, leaving you longing for more time to enjoy its secrets.
JanaNicole’s work is intended not just to affect us on an emotional level, but on intellectual, spiritual, humorous and nostalgic levels too. She creates pieces of art in much the same way chefs cook: by combining not just ingredients, but ones that have a deeper and more important characteristic: that of sweet, sour, salt, bitter and umami, thus achieving dishes greater than the sum of their parts.
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