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Janette Cervin: Blended Families
December 6, 2014 @ 2:00 pm - December 18, 2014 @ 3:00 pm
Opening in the Main Gallery
Saturday 6 December 2 – 3.30pm
In 2013 Janette Cervin completed a postgraduate degree, which investigated how flower painting can sustain its poignancy in a contemporary painting practice. Since completing her masters she has continued to blend traditional painting conventions with current painterly explorations. Introduced and indigenous flora and fauna have been central subject matter in her paintings, and more recently idealised concepts of New Zealand as a South Pacific Garden of Eden in a semi-tropical paradise are explored.
Janette enjoyed a childhood surrounded by a medley of plants and flowers produced on a commercial scale by her parents. Her family was creative, occupied always with projects that flowed seamlessly from the home into the garden. Janette naturally was drawn towards the colours and patterns that enveloped her childhood and began to develop a unique painting technique, which had its origins in decorative folk art. This set the foundation for her painting practice
The paintings celebrate the repetitive and the decorative, qualities that have historically been associated with women’s craft, while also referencing the vanitas themes of life’s fragility and transitory nature.
You can also purchase T-shirts from her exhibition online here.