Jane Downes

Jane Downes

What inspires your art practice?
I am interested in feelings evoked by shape, form and pattern, how we react to scale and light and the influence this has on Art, Architecture and Design. I use forms in my work that resonate with me, both natural and manmade. Often common or from childhood, sometimes delicate and fleeting objects from nature, sometimes robust geometric forms from popular culture and industry. Specific themes in my work include colonisation, security and shelter along with more abstract themes commenting on the human condition, challenging preconceptions of purpose and beauty, valuable and lowly, masculine and feminine, permanence and the ephemeral. 

What materials do you work in?
My sculptures are constructed from parts plasma cut and formed from rusted and
galvanised sheet steel and profiles, rather than working in the ‘full round’ - I call this
style ‘2 1/2D’. This enables me to utilise scrap sheet metal and other discarded materials.

Describe your artwork for NZ Sculpture OnShore 2021
Beehold is a Colony of Bees struggling for survival in an exposed remote outpost. Threatened on numerous fronts by pesticides, parasites, pathogens, malnutrition, loss of habitat, declining biodiversity and global warming.

Where are the public most likely to see your artworks outside of NZSOS?
I exhibit at major Sculpture events and Galleries throughout New Zealand, including The Little River Gallery on Banks Peninsula, The Coolstore Gallery in Nelson, The Black Door Gallery in Auckland and The Ora Gallery in Wellington.

Where did you study?
I completed a Bachelor of Design majoring in Sculpture/3D Design at Christchurch Polytechnic.

Sculptures by Jane Downes

NZ Sculpture OnShore Returns 2021

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