Jane Gordon’s installation work is informed and inspired by speculative and science fiction, the current and urgent state of Earth’s ecosystems, the artist’s experiences over 16 years working in the natural foods industry, and her spouse’s small farm. Her studio practice is labor-intensive and often involves repetition: of movements, forms, and processes. This method encourages both intimate focus and a sense of calm, which are a welcome respite from the anxiety-ridden issues that currently face our planet. The work explores natural forms that echo but do not mirror reality, as if imperfectly recalled from a distant time or place. Her work poses questions examining the dualities of hope/futility, realism/idealism, and movement/stillness. These works react to each new site selected for them, and the installation process is a playful dialogue and an important part of the re-creation of each piece. Whether installed outdoors or in a gallery setting, it is the artist’s hope to create a joyous jolt of surprise at seeing something intriguing in an unexpected, anomalous, or underutilized space.
Jane also makes functional pottery, focusing on kitchenware and planters. She considers this work as “pottery for the people,” with design based on form following function, welcoming regular use. This practice is grounding, satisfying, and provides a personal connection to her home state of Minnesota and the pottery traditions there. Additionally, she is exploring collaborative and social practices in ceramics with artistic partners in her current home of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

About Jane Gordon:

Jane completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, in 2006. She moved to Albuquerque in January 2010 to attend the Master of Fine Arts program at the University of New Mexico, focusing on the Art & Ecology Area and participating in the 2011 Land Arts of the American West program. Coming from the “land of 10,000 lakes” to the high desert was a huge shift, and provided as many challenges as it did inspirations. She has spent over sixteen years working in the natural foods industry, and this, along with her love of science fiction and fantasy, has had strong resonances in her art practice. Jane loves her sweet husband, and enjoys cooking, eating, and sharing delicious food, losing herself in a good novel, and singing in the studio. Jane considers her strong work ethic one of the most important facets of her personality, but is learning to honor relaxing as a necessity for a fulfilling and productive life.

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