Janice Caswell lives and works in New York City. She has had solo shows at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Savannah College of Art and Design, Schroeder Romero (NY) and Matteawan Gallery in Beacon, NY. Her work has appeared in numerous exhibitions at museums and galleries, including the Weatherspoon Museum, Bronx Museum of the Arts, Marlborough Chelsea, ArtPace (San Antonio), the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and Galerie Anne Barault (Paris). In 2017 Janice was awarded an Arts and Letters award and a purchase prize by the American Academy of Arts and Letters and has been a fellow at Yaddo, the Maison Dora Maar and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Her work has been featured in several publications including Visual Complexity: Mapping Patterns of Information by Manuel Lima and The Map as Art: Contemporary Artists Explore Cartography, by Katharine Harmon.
This work begins with structures in the manmade landscape, in particular those that surprise and perplex me, that seem somehow peculiar, awkward, or incongruous. My eyes are drawn to seemingly unremarkable details: haphazardly patched roofs, mismatched sidewalk tiles, precariously stacked building materials, the outline of a former doorway long plastered over. My constructions are an amalgam of the thousands of such objects I have encountered, photographed, and filed away. As I begin each construction I delve into this mental library, combining angles, patterns, surfaces, textures, colors, and plays of light and shadow in an intuitive, improvisational process.
q&a on painted photographs series: Pierogi flat files