Jane has a fascination with ancient things that stems from her childhood. She was brought up in the Devonshire countryside, surrounded by a softly folded landscape, abundant and bountiful flora, veteran trees, blunted cob farmhouses with thatched roofs and farmers who spoke using old words in strong local dialect. The house she was brought up in was filled with antiques and home made things and from an early age she learned to recognize the importance and worth of unconventional or peculiar qualities embedded in an object.
The use of oxide washes articulates the figurative forms, reveals the detail and blemishes and imparts something akin to drawing to the piece. She often uses gold and other lustres in small amounts; visually this draws attention to certain details as key elements, but it also draws attention away from certain strategic components, which is all part of orchestrating the element of surprise. There are mythological and decorative connotations that can be evoked through the use of lusters. Those associations with value and opulence connected with precious metals can be useful signifying tools in the deciphering of a piece but they also present a ‘golden’ opportunity for subversion.