Lana de Jager
The tension of zoom and scale. Zooming into parts of objects or changing the scale and proportion of objects relative to each other creates a tension that complicates the viewer’s expected understanding of those objects. Artists have employed this as a way of narration for a very long time and it is instinctive for de Jager to use this approach to monumentalise the mundane in her work, possibly because she comes from a design and advertising background. De Jager habitually examines how scale might elaborate on the meaning in her work or how it might affect the impact of the message.
And that message is usually contained within her exploration of personal, social and cultural issues - whether it be loss, grief and isolation, gender pressures and mental health or environment and climate changes.
Recent exhibitions include
2020 Minerals & Memory, Tacit Galleries, Melbourne; un(civilisation), Gecko Studio Gallery, Fish Creek; Editions, Featured Artist, Tacit Galleries 2019 un(civilisation), Petrie Terrace Gallery, Brisbane; Waiting For Wisdom, Tacit Galleries; un(civilisation), The Art Vault, Mildura; un(civilisation), Alternating Current Art Space, Melbourne 2018 un(civilisation), Tacit Galleries; Unhappiness, Gecko Studio Gallery
2021 TACIT Still Life Prize, Tacit Galleries, Melbourne; The Peebles Print Prize, Queenscliff Gallery; Caravan, Tacit Galleries, Melbourne; Together/Alone, Hills Hub, Emerald; Editions, Tacit Galleries 2020 20, Tacit Galleries; 1.5 Degrees, fortyfivedownstairs, Melbourne 2019 Baldessin Studio - The Story, Montsalvat, Melbourne; The Affordable Art Fair, Melbourne; Yarra Glen Art Show; Editions, Tacit Galleries; Fifty Squared, Brunswick St Gallery, Melbourne 2018 Annual Mayoral Exhibition, Maroondah Federation Estate Gallery, Ringwood [Acquisition Award]; A Daring Love Affair with Her Own Shadow, Gallery152, York, WA; Circle of Stones, Gallery152, York, WA; Only Human, Collins Place Gallery, Melbourne; Editions, Tacit Galleries; Through a Glass - Darkly, Collins Place Gallery 2017 Small Works, Brunswick St Gallery, Melbourne; Traverse, Collins Place Gallery; Editions, Tacit Contemporary, Melbourne 2014 Black & White, Port Stephens Cultural Centre, Nelson Bay, NSW