Jane Birdsall-Lander Figurative Sculpture - "Deep Language", Contemporary Waxed Linen Sculpture, Abstract Figurative
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Jane Birdsall-Lander
"Deep Language", Contemporary Waxed Linen Sculpture, Abstract Figurative

2008

About

At its core Jane Birdsall-Lander’s art investigates the relationship between language and object. As it has evolved, her work ranges from small scale fetish-like figures accompanied by poems, to large scale three dimensional objects that are physical representations of poetry. In the artists own words: “While conceiving ideas for commissioned work I became intrigued with translating people’s stories into symbolic form. This interaction has taken me to places outside my experience and has inspired me to further refine and expand my work in terms of materials, process and concept which is why...I decided to design the sculptures to function something like three dimensional poems, giving perceptive viewers a chance to create individual narratives for themselves based upon their “reading” of each sculpture. The forms are constructed from both old and new snaths (the steam bent wood body of a farm tool called a scythe). The snaths are cut and joined together to make designed yet organic forms. They incorporate elements I’ve used in the past such as ebony cello pegs, a wooden hand and reconfigured shuttles from a loom as well as new materials including glass eyes, handmade ebony spikes, and ebony insets. After the bent wood forms are designed, built and stained I begin a labor-intensive process where I bind much of the form with painted waxed linen thread using a wrapping technique that I’ve developed for myself.” Birdsall-Lander received a Project Room Grant from the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis among other honors, as well as being a full time studio artist and active in the non-for-profit arts sector in St. Louis, Missouri. Selected Art Publications/Articles “Arts in Transit Curriculum Kit”, St Louis, MO, 2008 “Mestre Didi, Afro-Brazilian Slide and Activity Kit”, Laumeier Sculpture Park, St Louis, MO, 1999 “Small World, A Young Person’s Guide to the St Louis Art Museum”, St Louis, MO, 1988 Selected Exhibitions 2015 Duane Reed Gallery, St. Louis, MO Hoffman Lachance Contemporary, St. Louis, MO 2013 University of Missouri, St. Louis, MO Mitchell Museum, Mt. Vernon, IL 2011 Duane Reed Gallery, St. Louis, MO The Schmidt Art Center, Belleville, IL SIUE, Edwardsville, IL 2009 Bellweather Gallery: Sheldon Art Galleries, St Louis MO The Sheldon Art Galleries, St. Louis, MO 2007 Craft Alliance, St Louis, MO 2005 Regional Arts Commission, St Louis, MO Shaw Cramer Gallery, Martha’s Vinyard, MA 2004 Elliot Smith Gallery St Louis, MO 2003 Craft Alliance, St Louis, MO Regional Arts Commission, St. Louis, MO "Deep Language", Contemporary Waxed Linen Sculpture, Abstract Figurative

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  • Artist
    Jane Birdsall-Lander
  • Creation year
    2008
  • Condition
    New
  • Dimensions

    H 13 in. x W 5.5 in. x D 5.5 in.

    H 33.02 cm x W 13.97 cm x D 13.97 cm

  • Gallery location
    St. Louis, MO
  • Reference number
    LU9721645073

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