I am a contemporary artist working out of the Blender Studios in Melbourne, Australia. My practice concerns the politics of visibility and the relationship of people, place and space. Alienation and disempowerment in suburban landscapes are of particular interest.
Given this focus on life in the suburbs that is often unseen or overlooked, images often focus on the seemingly empty context that holds a trace of human existence – rather than the direct or indirect gaze that is often found in street photography and portraiture.
Works are photographic based and are often highly transformed rather than aiming to be realistic; reflecting or investigating the sense of transformation that can be associated or felt in suburbia.
My practice includes overpainted photographs as well as overpainted, moving images. That is, my own photographic prints or moving images actually form the canvas for my painting. Works may then be re-photographed and printed once again or just left as they are. Works are a variety of sizes and use a variety of mediums and paints as well as different canvas surfaces such as aluminium, fine art paper or fabric. Nonetheless, all works start with the photograph. By painting over photographs and videos, I feel I am able to further explore different temporal, social and spatial frameworks and processes in my work and to push the limits of ‘digital painting’.
For further, more detailed information please click on ‘collections’ to learn more about specific exhibitions. You can also check out my cv. on this site. For sales, collaborations, commissions or just further information feel free to contact me via: http://janinemcguinness.com/contact/