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  • Jane Maxwell

BIOGRAPHY

Born in Boston, 1964

EDUCATION
B.A., Middlebury College
Museum of Fine Art School
DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA
Montserrat College, Beverly, MA

ARTIST STATEMENT

Jane Maxwell is a collage and mixed media artist based in Boston. Her work largely focuses on women, body image and the feminine ideal.

'From movies and television to magazines and billboards, we are continually inundated with representations of the perfect woman - the perfect figure. This work deconstructs the ideal body by stripping away fashion and airbrushing, shaping each form with multiple layers of found materials: vintage produce crate labels, Hollywood posters, and related ephemera.

The work often features multiple women in conversation, comparison or repetition, a patterning that underscores the role female camaraderie and competition play in the quest for the ideal figure, and highlights our culture's insistence on uniformity.

In the series, "Reflect,"? the women are contemplative. They sit. They peer in mirrors. They pose and ponder. The women are looking out or peering back. They are, in a way, both viewed and the viewer...both judged and the judge. This interaction calls into question the complexity and tension between how a woman feels inside, what she projects to the world, and how she is perceived.'

Each work of art is the result of many hours of labor - of layering, sanding, building up and peeling back, incorporating an original technique that combines overlapping imagery with melted beeswax. The works are then finished with several coats of high gloss resin, vividly bringing to life the vintage materials beneath the modern surface.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2013
Lanoue Fine Art, Boston, MA

2010
Lanoue Fine Art, Boston, MA
Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Victorine Contemporary, Newport, RI
Gilman Contemporary, Ketchum, ID
Art Aspen, Aspen Ice Garden

2009
Campton Gallery, New York, NY
Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Reign Gallery, Newport, RI

2008
Campton Gallery, New York, NY
Hubert Gallery, New York, NY

2007
"S, M, L, XL", New England Art Institute Gallery, Brookline, MA

2006
Oylan Gallery, Cambridge, MA
Carney Gallery, Weston, MA

2004 
Mario Russo Salon, Louis Boston, Boston, MA, 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2009
Go Figure, Lanoue Fine Art, Boston, MA
Mauger Modern Art, Art London: London, UK
Red Dot Miami, Miami, FL
Los Angeles Art Show, Los Angeles, CA LA Art Fair, Los Angeles, CA

2008
Galerie Geraldine, Zberro, Paris

2007 Hiedi Cho Gallery, New York, NY

2006 "Made in America", Judi Rotenberg Gallery, Boston, MA
"Serious Fun: Whimsicle Art by Fine Artists", Nave Gallery, Somerville, MA
"Her Mark", Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL
"Small Works National Juried Art Exhibition", Attleboro Arts Museum, Juror's Choic Award, Attleboro, MA
"Fiber and the Book Artist", Fiber Art Center, Amherst, MA
"Blue", Cambridge Art Association, Cambridge, MA

2005
"Director's Choice", Clark Gallery, Lincoln, MA
"Communicating Through Collage", Cushing-Martin Gallery, Stonehill, MA

2004
"Icons and Alters", New Art Center, Newton, MA
"Women Spring into Life", BAAK Gallery, Cambridge, MA

2003
"Inner Selections", DK Project Art, Boston, MA
"Icons and Alters", New Art Center, Newton, MA

2002
Holzwasser Gallery, Newton, MA
"Persona",The Somerville Museum, Somerville, MA
"Hot Colors", Cambridge Art Association, Cambridge, MA
"Icons and Alters", New Art Center, Newton, MA

2001 "Face to Face",The Stage Gallery, Merrick, NY
"Red", Cambridge Art Association, Cambridge, MA

2000
"Rhymes & Rhythms", ArtWorks!, New Bedford, MA
"International Show", Period Art Gallery, Omaha, NE
"Annual Juried Show", Newburyport Art Association, Mixed Media Prize, Newburyport, MA