Jane Zednik, "Balance," 2006, oil on paper, 9.5" x 12.25".
JANE ZEDNIK, Life or Something Like It
Nouveau Gallery, Regina
Opening October 6, 2006
By Dina O'Meara
For Jane Zednik, the fantastic, often surreal images she puts on canvas represent an inner reality she’s mulled over, sometimes for days. “I have to entertain myself while I search out new things about the nature of paint,” Zednik says from her kitchen studio in Barrie, Ontario. “I use subject matter that I know about, or think I know about as a vehicle. It can be anything from a simple observation about home life like sleeping with the cats, to issues and bugaboos such as man's stomping of the environment, the extinction of Native culture, to world-wide cultural issues often expressed in mythology.” The subjects of Zednik’s fancy are most often solitary creatures painted in oil on paper as folk figures, flat, without shadows, but expressive. She paints because of the medium itself, the different colour combinations, use of brushstrokes, techniques, and the possibilities they present. “Each painting is a new challenge,” she says. “It may not be apparent to a viewer, but I set out a new series of problems for myself with each new painting.”
Represented by: Nouveau Gallery, Regina; Russell Gallery, Peterborough ON.