Berkley-based artist Jane Hambleton recently unveiled her latest series 'Above, Below & What Falls Between.' These mixed-media drawings explore the aesthetics of space and its relationship with objects and people. The images are particularly focused on the negative space that exist between the figures. Hambleton transforms these voids into the focal points of her pieces by drawing attention to their otherwise uninteresting presence.
Space plays a large part in composition. The decision to add or remove from a piece is directly related to creating an image that uses space effectively. As the name suggests Jane Hambleton plays respect to every aspect of the image. What is rendered at the top of the canvas, what is near the bottom and what comes in between. While viewers often quickly adjust our focus to the focal point of a painting, the artist must consider every corner and how each section of the painting relates to the larger picture. By employing the old art school method of drawing attention to negative space, Jan Hambleton is not just entertaining her viewer with her expertly rendered figures, she is also slyly educating them in the art of spacial organization and aesthetics.
Exploring the void and its relationship with the figures that frame it, Jane Hambleton has created images that inspire meditation and deep thought.
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