BOUND AGAIN, 1993
Graphite, transfers, lino block prints, color Xerox, gouache and acrylic on Japanese papers
36.25 x 32 inches
FROM THE GOOSE TO THE GIRL, 1999
Iris print with relief printing, pochoir, handcoloring
27 x 26.5
Edition of 25
The works on paper by Hammond are a complex combination of acrylic and gouache paint, graphite drawing, rubber stampings, color copier transfers, transfers from magazine illustrations and fruit labels, linoleum block printings, and ink drawings. Hammond derives her images from a multitude of interests including phrenology, astrology, knot diagrams, magic tricks, medical and technical illustrations and shadow puppets to name just a few. The combination of these disparate images depicted in such a variety of media gives Hammond's works on rice paper a wonderfully rich feel.
The artist's unique works on paper begin with stacks of various cutouts, Xeroxes and stampings from which she chooses appealing images to start gluing and layering. As she works, all the seemingly dissimilar elements begin to trigger associations with other images or ideas for the artist, which she continues to develop using the transfers, prints, paint and ink.
This deliberate degree of suggestion carries through in her paintings as well, allowing the viewer opportunity to connect these images by drawing on their own interests and associations. Hammond uses a hermetic lexicon of messages and images, investing her paintings with complicated but unspecific meanings.
Hammond's New York representative is Galerie Lelong, where she had a one-person exhibition of paintings in the fall of 2001. Jane Hammond's work has also been recently on exhibit at the Whitney Museum of Contemporary Art at Philip Morris, New York, the Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, Ohio and the Contemporary Museum, Honolulu. The exhibition then traveled to the Madison Art Center in Wisconsin and University of Houston's Blaffer Gallery in Texas. She also had a one-person show of the rebus paintings at the Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC, in 2003.