Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Janice Caswell Photo-Based Abstractions
Janice Caswell is a collector of images. In her daily interactions with New York City she takes photographs of the manmade landscape—not necessarily things that would jump out at anyone—but objects and arrangements that strike a chord with her.
These photographs become the starting point for her work. Using flat white paint, she covers much of the image allowing just a particular area to remain visible. What’s left of the original image becomes flattened and abstracted through this process. The subject is vaguely familiar though removed from its original context it’s mostly unrecognizable.
At this point, she adds collage, ink, and other materials, which imbue the work with abstract power. “Through this process I discover objects hidden in the everyday that have their own beauty, character, and newfound purpose.”