Jo Lane uses her drawing practice to explore social and psychological subjects. Working between UK and Australia she is a ‘drawer’ first and foremost, using charcoal, graphite, coloured pencils and any other material that is present-to-hand, honouring the texture, immediacy and honesty of drawing.
Whilst immersed in fastidious mark-making and fibre use as metaphor, decision-making is reflexive, responding intuitively to the outside world, the inside world and the differing shades and depths of line forming on surfaces. The contrast between self and other and the systems of separation and unity that operate throughout humanity, drives the work.
British Psychoanalyst Donald W. Winnicott places some artistic motivation in the tension between the desire to hide and the desire to communicate. Lane's work erupts from this tension, between the private refuge of thought and the nature of external engagement that is drawing.
there is another world, but it is in this one - Paul Éluard
Recent exhibitions include
2020 Bed, Westend Art Space, Melbourne 2018 Drawing Strength, Montsalvat, Melbourne 2017 Head, Tacit Contemporary Art, Melbourne 2016 Sensor, Junior Space Gallery, Melbourne; Time's Tattoo, Montsalvat 2011 The Feather, Brunswick St Gallery, Melbourne 2006 In the Presence of Nature, Emporium Botanica, Melbourne
2020 Woollahra Small Sculpture Award, Sydney: 30 Days in Isolation, SwissArtExpo, Zurich; Kedumba Drawing Award, Wentworth Falls; Wyndham Art Prize, Melbourne; 20, Tacit Galleries, Melbourne; More Than A Sum of Her Parts, Incub8or, Melbourne 2019 thinking graphite, Drawing Projects UK, Trowbridge; you, me & that other thing, Sawtooth Gallery, Launceston (w/ Tash Parker); Lyn McCrea Memorial Drawing Prize, Noosa Regional Gallery; Out of Darkness, Lumen Studios, Crypt Gallery, London; Because Everyone Sleeps Sawtooth Gallery; Yering Station Sculpture Awards; ArtAviso 1.0, No Vacancy Gallery, Melbourne 2018 Drawing Strength, Montsalvat, Melbourne; Lyn McCrea Memorial Drawing Prize, Noosa; Sunlight, Elephant Art Gallery, London; Xhibit 2018, Art Bermondsey Project Space, London; Against Static, Wimbledon Artspace, London; Beautiful Banal, Off the Kerb Gallery, Melbourne 2017 Conversations, Montsalvat; Yering Station Sculpture Awards; Nillumbik Art Prize, Melbourne [People's Choice Award]; Wyndham Art Prize 2016 The Peacock in the Room, Brunswick St Gallery, Melbourne; Kedumba Drawing Award, Orange Regional Gallery; Dragonfly, House of Bricks, Melbourne 2015 #IAMANY, Darwin Visual Arts Association; Flux Control, House of Bricks; I IS ANOTHER, George Paton Gallery, Melbourne