In this fast-moving world of ours, I like to make my art with one hand in the past and one in the future. I like to draw, and I do so in a traditional manner— on paper — but also I use an electronic tablet to make original digital marks in the transparent layers of Photoshop. I call my marks a record of my search for form.
I like to remove my lines and gestures from their layers, to combine them with my photos, and to find new relationships that are not possible any other way. Through this process I am able to search for new forms.
Sometimes I print these compositions in the traditional flat rectangle. Other times I combine them, or parts of them, with my writings to create Artist Books. Sometimes my artist books evolve in the time-honored techniques of bookbinding. Sometimes my artist books grow into more experimental sculptural and interactive forms.
In all my work, I start by putting disparate elements together. I follow where they lead. When my process is at its most exciting I find myself wanting to tell someone, “Look what just happened in my studio!”.
Jan Dove trained at Cal State Hayward and later at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she earned her MFA. In the years since art school she has been working hard to discover what is important and what needs to be disposed of.
Her influences are Kathe Kollwitz, Artemesia Gentileschi, and Anonymous from the cave wall tradition.