My practice concerns the relationship of people, place and space- especially moments of isolation, solitude, alienation and disempowerment in suburban landscapes and my memories of those spaces.

My photographic-based images frequently feature seemingly empty contexts that reference human experience – rather than the physical presence or gaze of subjects. Works are frequently highly transformed rather than aiming to be realistic; reflecting and investigating some of the hyper-transformed emotional states that can be experienced 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 by email at janinemcguinness1@gmail.com or contact me via Blender studios in Melbourne.