Jane Waksman

Jane first started sculpting in 2001 when she was working full time as a University Lecturer. She only made the career change from University Lecturer to full time sculptor in 2007 after exhibiting her work as part of a group show in Hampstead in North London where her work was well received.ArtistImage_JaneWaksman

Jane first decided to rekindle her childhood love of drawing and painting back in the 1990s by attending life drawing classes at the Hampstead school of Art. Jane then went on to hone her drawing and painting skills by attending further small private classes with a couple of practicing artists. One of the classes she attended required the students to capture the essence of the pose in a five and ten minute sketches. This skill of capturing the essence of a movement in a quick sketch is what Jane tries to recapture in her sculptures today.

In 2001 Jane was encouraged by a friend to try her hand at sculpting, something she had never done before. Jane was immediately hooked loving the ability to now produce three dimensional works. Jane first attended sculpture classes in a sculpting studio in North London and then undertook more formal studies by attending a series of short courses in sculpting and patination techniques at the Hampstead School of Art, St Martin’s School of Art and Meltdowns foundry.

Jane’s work is heavily linked to the human figure and has been influenced by a combination of the British expressionist figurative sculptors Reg Butler, Lynn Chadwick and Kenneth Armitage as well as Elizabeth Frink and Barbara Hepworth all of whose work she admires.

Jane has developed a love for abstracting the human form to its essence by playing with the lines, shape and surface of the body. Elizabeth Frink once said “I don’t use anatomy strictly as you see it but as you feel it”. This is very true of Jane’s work. Jane sculpts her figures using lines and shapes to emphasis a sense of movement and vitality. Movement, dance and music are all themes that run through her work.

Jane sculpts in both plaster and stone. The plaster pieces are cast in bronze and bronze resin.

“I have always been fascinated by the phrases “put on a brave face”, “keep yourself to yourself”, “your face says it all”, and “all fur coat and no knickers”. It is the contrast between the reality of the person and their situation and how they choose to present themselves in public.

What intrigues me most is how people use their bodies to express themselves to convey their feelings and  emotions towards others around them . My work is all about how people communicate and interact with one another using both body stance and  body movements to demonstrate their feelings, emotions and state of mind.

A recurring theme throughout my work is the abstraction of the human form, playing with the lines, shapes and surfaces of the body and using dance, music and movement to convey feelings and emotions.”

– Jane

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