works by artist Janice Zbiciak Brummett
A great fan of the human figure and the medium of drawing itself, these selected works reflect a love of the subject matter, as well as of the process. All drawings are created on a very large scale, life size or larger. Each has been executed as an enormous in-studio sketch, done while the artist actively responds to the model and surrounding environment. Oversized drawing paper is the preferred material along with a variety of graphites, charcoals and pastels.
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From a series of photographs entitled “Rounders” done in northern California in 2006, this particular image is partnered with text to form a written word piece.
Confrontations with mortality require the examination of one’s view on spiritualism. Digital images and the written word address the artist’s view in 2006-2007.
From a series of photographs done in northern California in 2006, this particular image is partnered with other manipulated web images and text to form a written word piece.
Time Fragments: A Crack in the Universe
Artist Jan Zbiciak Brummett
My dreams have been taking me to a place where I care not to be just yet.
The shadows, the shades and the temperatures have begun a quiet, stealthy haunt.
To return to the site of true contradiction; it was after all, where I first learned to speak to the vastness and to know the difference between a live tree and a dead skyscraper। To be surrounded by such sacrosanct life and at the same time to be forced to live among the veritable walking dead was the life changing experience in its' entirety। For some very good reason, it happened to me.
To be there and to have lived there was indeed the opportunity to have a limited access to a crack in the universe.
After we have learned to speak, then what shall we say?
Art in the twenty-first century is inextricably connected to experience. Everything that we do, see, hear and experience can – and should -- be understood and explained in artistic terms. Contemporaneousness is now about authenticity and genuine expression, about the human condition in the present. Academic issues of illustrating, copying and writing are all the more significant as we understand imagery in expanded meaning in all new ways with the advent of digital media.
History and literacy are vital areas of knowledge for contemporary artists of all disciplines. Art will be embraced in new, necessary and undefined ways only after it is reinterpreted and thus freed from the old world (and particularly for Americans), the conventional European terms of definition.
Art can no longer be simply about the medium; rather it should to seek to reflect content. Technique for technique’s sake, in all of its’ complexities, has evolved into a preoccupation of the artisan. Technique is akin to a language, purely a means for conveying the message. While the language is essential, it is ultimately insignificant unless there is a purpose for its’ existence. Unless there is an essential meaning, then expression is unnecessary. The means for any message should logically be selected to enhance substance and so it is for art, which represents the contemporary.
In the twenty-first century there is much to observe, address, say, think and feel in terms of culture, humanity and morality. As we embark upon a new century, there is an enormous need for intelligent, modern commentary and for progressive art and art forms. Floating around us are so many situations, predicaments, messages and countless reasons to speak, to make dramatic expressions which can be heard and understood. In the global creative community, we presently have a great deal of work to do.
~artist's statement, 2006
purple haze 6’x6’ acrylic on canvas
blue haze 6’x6’ acrylic on canvas
Done in the mid 1970s, these color field paintings represent the artist’s love of the abstract and of the complex relationships among colors; a theory which is vital to all painters, designers and those who incorporate color into any art form.