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Jan Shone - From Poverty Bay to Port Misery


Fri 3 Apr 2015, 10:00am–4:00pm
Fri 10 Apr 2015, 10:00am–4:00pm
Fri 17 Apr 2015, 10:00am–4:00pm
Sat 18 Apr 2015, 10:00am–4:00pm
Sun 19 Apr 2015, 1:30pm–4:00pm

Where: Tairawhiti Museum, Stout St, Gisborne, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: tairawhitimuseum

Jan Shone is from Gisborne but has lived in Adelaide in the Port Adelaide area for the last 30 years. Port Adelaide was originally named Port Misery hence the subtitle. This exhibition comprises new works on paper using a combination of drawing, painting, collage and printmaking techniques the media used is diverse

The processes involved in the making are layered, complex and random. Jan often starts working by experimenting with monoprints, marks, patterns, and observational drawings. Parts or all of these are later cut, torn and pasted into the main work. A torn or razor edge pasted into a drawing can suggest definition of an object, while a richly patterned surface can create bulk shape and interest. Nothing is planned and a work can take a while to emerge and assume form. Similar approaches (though without collage) are used in the ink wash series.

Her main subject matter is what she finds around her, in her studio and neighbourhood. In some works there is a little bit of referencing to the droll symmetry of having grown up in Poverty Bay and living most of her adult life in Port Misery.