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JANE HAMMOND | Malcolm Wright Vase with Dogwood, Ocotillo and Orioles

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  • Jane Hammond
  • Malcolm Wright Vase with Dogwood, Ocotillo and Orioles
  • signed and dated 2017
  • watercolor, gouache, sumi ink, colored pencil, linocut and paper collage on paper laid on cotton rag
  • 50 by 38 in. 127 by 96.5 cm.


Courtesy of the artist

Catalogue Note

American contemporary artist, Jane Hammond, works in a variety of mediums: collage, print, paint, photography and sculpture. She transforms everything she touches into something beautiful and unique. Born in Bridgeport, Connecticut in 1950, her art is greatly influenced by her childhood, during which she traveled frequently with family and learned about the world from her grandmother, who was also an artist and a major creative inspiration. She studied biology and poetry at Mount Holyoke College (B.A., 1972), ceramics at Arizona State University (M.F.A., 1973-74), and sculpture at University of Wisconsin, Madison (M.F.A., 1977). After graduating she moved to New York City and has lived and worked there ever since, commuting to Baltimore to teach at the Maryland Institute College of Art. As a young artist in New York, she created an encyclopedia of images from books, manuals, and other materials, which she used for decades to create her collages. Many of these works were based on titles of poems by John Ashbery, with whom she collaborated. Another major influence is the avant-garde composer John Cage, whose unpredictable and lively music aligns with the physical features of Hammond’s pieces. In the early years of this century, she began drawing inspiration from her dreams, imagination and life experiences to expand her work and create collaged photographs, “dazzle paintings” that ingeniously combine paint, photography and optical devices, and Butterfly Maps. One of her most renowned works is Fallen, a monumental display of inscribed leaves, each representing a fallen American soldier in the Iraq War.

Hammond has received numerous awards, including The Anonymous was a Women Award and The Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant Award. Throughout her career she has displayed her artwork in over 80 solo and 350 group exhibitions, and pieces can be found in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art; The Metropolitan Museum of Art; National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Walker Art Center; Whitney Museum of American Art; The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; and Albertina, Austria.