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Jane Grisewood

Books

I have always been passionate about books, which led to a 20-year career in illustrated book publishing in London and New York. When I returned to university to study art, the book underpinned much of my early work, not in terms of format, but in concepts such as the line and seriality, which infiltrated large-scale paintings, drawings and three-dimensional works. The first 'book' was made from painted canvases torn into 'pages' and reconfigured into 3D blocks, bound with string and wax, unable to be opened. Recent books have followed a more customary format, but still concerning repetition. My interest lies not in books as a single object but as multiples, not self-made but produced by professional printers and bookbinders. A small but integral part of my practice, the books derive from, and complement, my work in other media, their value lying in portability, accessibility and convergence of ideas.

Short films

My approach to making short films follows the same performative, repetitive, open-ended process as much of my work in other media, focusing on the line and movement. Walking with a camera strapped to my body, or hand-held and directed at the ground in front of me, I trace my passage through different places, marking the space and recording duration and movement. The locations provide surfaces for documenting my temporary presence, while the journey itself creates a suspended space of liminality.

Jane Grisewood

Jane Grisewood is a New Zealand-born artist and part-time lecturer/tutor based in London who worked for many years in book publishing before returning to university to study fine art. After graduating with first-class honours, she gained her Masters and PhD at Central Saint Martins, UAL. Grisewood's practice is process-based, involving repetition and movement, focusing on themes of time and transience, dislocation and memory. In her conceptual explorations of time she defines shifts and boundaries between scale, visibility, dark and light, control and chance. Working inside and outside across media, from performance to photography, drawing is key. The line is a recurring subject, signifying a journey, a continual moving between. She has received many awards; with recent exhibitions in London and New York, public performances in Lisbon and Vancouver, and artist residencies in USA and Chile.

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Repetition & Recollection... is part of AMBruno's words collection. This book was inspired by Søren Kierkegaard’s dialectic in his work Repetition. Tactile words flow in opposite directions echoing the back-and-forth play between repetition in constant forward motion, and recollection confined to the past. Or is repetition bringing the past into the present, and recollection connecting the past to the future? Paradox remains...

The Dark and the Light (Homage to 'Nostalgia for the Light') is part of AMBruno's Stills collection of limited edition prints. A poetic meditation on the past, time and memory, drawing inspiration from Patricio Guzmán's 2010 film, Nostalgia for the Light. Set in Chile's Atacama Desert and observatories in the Andes, where this photograph was taken, the film reveals light/memory parallels ... searching the past to seek answers.

Repetition & Recollection... by Jane Grisewood

Jane Grisewood, Repetition & Recollection...

The Dark and the Light 
(Homage to 'Nostalgia for the Light')  by Jane Grisewood

Jane Grisewood, The Dark and the Light (Homage to 'Nostalgia for the Light') (2014)
Gelatin silver print on Ilford matt fibre-based paper

BLACK ON BLACK  by Jane Grisewood

Jane Grisewood, BLACK ON BLACK
Edition of 30, signed and numbered.
Digital prints, hand sewn and bound.

There Not There by Jane Grisewood

Jane Grisewood
There Not There (2013)
Giclée debossed print on 255gsm Somerset Velvet paper.

BLACK ON BLACK is part of AMBruno's Lists etc. collection. Black on Black interprets black as printed word and image through lists of countless black pigments, inks, paintings and drawings. Black is absorbing black on each page as text transforms into image. Words are lost in the enigmatic images, lost in black, lost in the void.

There Not There is part of AMBruno's I'm telling you stories. Trust me collection of limited edition prints. Countless birds have untimely deaths flying low and crashing into glass screens and windows, leaving an eerie absence/ presence. The camera captures the traces, which mysteriously appear: ghostly, animated and unmistakably visible. This photograph tells the story of one such bird that flew too close to the ground.

Dancing with Sirius: lines of light by Jane Grisewood

Jane Grisewood, Dancing with Sirius: lines of light (2013)
Edition of 30. Indigo print.

Dancing with Sirius: lines of light is part of AMBruno's Lines collection. The fleeting moment of invisible lines made visible through photographs of light trails from the brightest star in the sky, Sirius. Following Sirius with handheld camera, the random choreographic gestures of my arms, like drawing in the air, create ephemeral ghost-like threads dancing across the night sky.

e•me•gence I & II by Jane Grisewood

Jane Grisewood, e•mer•gence I & II (2013)
Each 32 pages; 16 x 16cm. Edition of 32 each. Printed and bound by Book Works, London.

e•mer•gence I / e•mer•gence II is part of AMBruno's 16 collection. Black ink drawings inspired by observing star formations and John Latham's 'least event' structure, and using elements of control and chance, to express the shortest time in which I can create a mark - the second - the base unit of time. Selecting 16, a random number, to determine duration, process and format instigated a chance element, while paradoxically creating a measured and predetermined framework. Acquired by the Tate Gallery Library and Archive. Selected for KALEID 2013 curated exhibition.

Black Light by Jane Grisewood

Jane Grisewood, Black Light (2012)
Concertina format 30 pages. 15 x 11cm. Edition of 30.
Printed and bound by Book Works, London.

A Fold in Time by Jane Grisewood

Jane Grisewood
A Fold in Time (2012)
2 leaves. 15 x 11cm. Edition of 50.

Black Light is part of AMBruno's Black Circle collection. Black Light reflects on the experience of observing a recent solar eclipase through a fragmented sequence of photographs and text. As the moon passes over the sun, light is obscured ... interrupted ... absent. A temporary darkness occurs where the light is black. Colour photographic sequence taken of the May 2012 annular solar eclipse at Kitt Peak observatories, Arizona, USA, while artist-in-residence. Acquired by the Tate Gallery Library and Archive and Leeds Art Library. Selected for KALEID 2013 curated exhibition.

A Fold in Time is part of AMBruno's One-Fold Books collection. Printed on 1 sheet of heavyweight paper to express the simplest book format and the action of folding in real time during the process of making. Inspired by the concept of folded time, this work focuses on the action of folding in real time during the process of making. Words placed along the centre-fold add a textual folded element. Acquired by the Tate Gallery Library and
Archive.

Separations by Jane Grisewood

Jane Grisewood, Separations (2011-12)
24 pages. 15 x 10 cm.

Separations by Jane Grisewood

Jane Grisewood, Separations
Printed and bound by Book Works, London.

Separations is part of AMBruno's Blue collection. Encounters with the horizon line between sky and sea in 11 different locations recorded through photographs, coordinates and dates. Selected The Best Books for 2011 by Elizabeth Tonnard for fine art photography, Photo-eye Magazine, USA. Tonnard writes: 'A small, restrained book of tiny seascapes. At first they look like watercolors. The beauty lies in the fact that the photos more or less leave behind their representational qualities to become objects on top of the page. These objects are anonymous, empty, they exist in their color.' First edition of 20. Second edition of 20, 2012, with set of individual prints in solander box. Acquired by the Tate Library and Archive and the V&A Museum.

Vestige by Jane Grisewood

Jane Grisewood, Vestige (2011)
24 pages. 10 x 15 cm. Edition of 20.
Printed and bound by Book Works, London.

Vestige: Sequence of 11 colour photographs evidencing time passing through the entropic process of burning. Natural card cover with hand-made burn. Acquired by the Tate Gallery Library and Archive.

Line Journeys: Mourning Lines; Drift Lines; Ghost Lines by Jane Grisewood

Jane Grisewood
Line Journeys: Mourning Lines; Drift Lines; Ghost Lines (2010)
Set of 3 concertina books, 15 x 10 cm, in slipcase, 16 x 11 x 3 cm. Edition of 30.
Produced by Book Works, London.

Line Journeys: Mourning Lines; Drift Lines; Ghost Lines was published in 2010 to record drawings created during PhD, 'Marking Time', at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London. Acquired by the Tate Gallery Library and Archive.

Remnant I by Jane Grisewood

Jane Grisewood, Remnant I (2000-02)
Wax, pigment and string over painted canvas

Resurfacing I – IV by Jane Grisewood

Jane Grisewood
Resurfacing I-IV (2000-02)

Remnant I Edition of 1 x 8 individual handmade books developed from paintings torn into 'pages' and reconfigured into 3D blocks, bound with string and coated in wax, denying the reader access to content and challenging the conventional book format.

Resurfacing I-IV: Series of 4 silent video works tracing my passage through the city streets with hand-held camera. Each 101 seconds duration.

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