Jane Cairns

I find an elegy in the ordinary and the abandoned, a feeling that speaks of everyday lives and the sense of human mutability carried in objects that endure beyond their useful life.

In my current work I take the vocabulary of useful domestic and industrial objects; form, materials, surface, detail, and reinterpret it to make apparently familiar but deliberately ambiguous objects, things that seem recognisable but whose function and history is unclear. 

I try to make work with an aesthetic approach that echoes the source material; that carries the traces of time and use in distressed surfaces and reflects the colours and textures of urban dereliction.  Through my practice I want to transform the commonplace in a way that allows itís neglected poetry to be heard, hopefully enabling others to share the quiet beauty I find in these humble things

Born  1970 Manchester

 University of Westminster - Ceramics BA (Hons)
1989-91  University of Leeds - English BA (Hons)

 no format, Berkeley Gallery
2011  Fresh, British Ceramics Biennial
Art in Clay, Hatfield House
New Designers, Business Design Centre
University of Westminster Degree Show, Ambika P3
2010  Natural Selection, Gallery West, London




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