Evalon #3, 2010-11, acrylic, collage on birch panel, 40 x 40 inches, loan courtesy of the artist
Opening Reception: 1-3 p.m., Sunday, November 18, 2018
Join AMSET for Jane Honovich: All Over Not Yet, a Café Arts Series Exhibition. Artwork will be on view November 15, 2018 through January 27, 2019 in AMSET's Café Arts Series for Local Artists.
Jane Honovich was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, and moved to Beaumont, Texas, at age six. Jane pursued her love of art at Sullins College in Bristol, Virginia, for two years and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. After two years at Wells Design, Jane returned to college to receive her certification in Art Education at the University of Texas at Austin. She then began her career teaching art to middle school students in Houston, Texas. While teaching she developed an After-School Art Program for interested students. Many of these students, with Jane's help and encouragement, entered various art contests and won numerous awards.
Jane began taking summer classes at the Glassell School in Houston while teaching, where she rediscovered her love of painting. After retirement, Jane was able to fully devote herself to painting. Her artwork has been accepted into juried shows over the years and she won 2nd place in the Assistance League Celebrates Texas exhibit in 2010. Her artwork is also on view at the Brown Ingram Gallery (Jack E. Brown Engineering Building) at Texas A&M University in College Station. Jane currently lives in Houston where she continues her artistic explorations with calligraphic line.
The inspiration for my current work stems from a collection of handwritten letters and notes from family. I am intrigued by the movement and rhythm of the loops, crosses, and angles I find within each written line. The uniqueness of each line segment enriches my desire for a connection to the past. Through this process, a portrait of the individual is revealed. I create a link with the past by using the lines and marks that I discover. I bring to life the spirit of family memories by incorporating these handwritten marks into my paintings.
My medium is acrylic paint on birch panel. I enlarge, separate, and re-contextualize the letters as a means to abstraction. Using washes, overlapping forms, wiping off some areas and then adding paint again, brings depth, movement and a sense of mystery to my compositions. The letters are sometimes hidden or remain a bold window of interest to the composition. Currently I am experimenting with transferring xerox copies of the marks with matte medium.
The loss of family is ever present. The gift of their correspondence has allowed me to create a new language that signifies the passing of time, personal memories, and life itself.