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Jane E Zweibel
Brooklyn, NY



ARTIST STATEMENT: My most recent and on-going work consists of what I call “stuffed paintings”, which are sewn, stuffed and painted sculptural objects. The idea of a “stuffed painting” subverts the more conventional notion of a “painted sculpture”. The materials I use in these pieces include canvas, cotton fibers, thread, glitter, and acrylic and oil paints. My work attempts to push and blur the boundaries and conventions of sculpture and painting, and of traditionally male dominated “fine art” and female generated “craft”. It also takes a progressive and challenging approach to figuration and narrative in art. This work allows me to bring together content and form in new ways. A major theme in my work is an on-going exploration of issues of identity, in particular female identity. I use self-portraiture as a subject through which I can express and conceptualize meaning in a chaotic world. My “stuffed paintings” actualize images that reference physical and psychological states of being. In my work, I am interested in the interweaving of private and public realms. My content is culled from a range of sources: personal and collective history, current societal issues and concepts, mythology, the human body and psyche, and the interplay of reality and fantasy. My hybrid personas embody the conflicts, losses, and connections between childhood and adult, and factual and fictive, lives.
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  • Half Empty Half Full
    1998
    Oil on canvas   90 x 36"
    This piece, from the "Pantyhose Paintings" series, explores issues of gender and body-image through psychological narrative.

  • Trinity
    1998
    Oil on canvas   12 x 12" each
    From the Pantyhose Paintings series. This piece explores gender and body-image through psychological narraive.

  • Well-Hung Woman
    1998
    Oil on canvas   50 x 44"
    This piece, from the Pantyhose Paintings series, explores gender and body image through psychological narrative.

  • Pantyhose Paintings Gallery Installation View #4
    2011
    Oil on canvas   Variable
    From the series Pantyhose Paintings, that explore gender and body-image through psychological narrative.

  • Pantyhose Paintings Gallery Installation View #2
    2011
    Oil on canvas   Variable
    This series, "Pantyhose Paintings", explores gender and body-image issues through psychological narrative.

  • Pantyhose Paintings Gallery Installation View #3
    2011
    Oil on canvas   Variable
    This series, Pantyhose paintings, explores gender and body-image through psychological narrative.

  • Pantyhose Paintings Gallery View #5
    2011
    Oil on canvas   Variable
    My series "Pantyhose Paintings" explores issues of gender and body-image through psychological narrative.

  • Fall Scene. Gallery Installation View #1
    2011
    Oil on canvas   80 x 44"
    From the "Pantyhose Paintings" series. This piece explores gender and body-image issues through psychological narrative.

  • Self-Portrait as Midlife Mermaid #6
    2009
    Oil, acrylic, glitter on sewn and fiber stuffed canvas   33 x 41 x 12"
    From the "Midlife Mermaid" series. This piece explores gender, aging and body-image through fantasy and reality.

  • Self-Portrait as Midlife Mermaid #1
    2009
    Oil, acrylic, glitter on sewn and fiber stuffed canvas   50 x 16 x 12"
    From the "Midlife Mermaid" series. This piece explores gender, aging and body-image through fantasy and reality.

  • Self-Portrait as Midlife Mermaid #2
    2009
    Oil, acrylic, glitter on sewn and fiber stuffed canvas   46 x 27 x 12"
    From the "Midlife Mermaid" series. This piece explores gender, aging and body-image through fantasy and reality.

  • Self-Portrait as Midlife Mermaid #3
    2009
    Oil, acrylic, glitter on sewn and fiber stuffed canvas   33 x 32 x 12"
    From the "Midlife Mermaid" series. This piece explores gender, aging and body-image through fantasy and reality.

  • Self-Portrait as Midlife Mermaid #4
    2009
    Oil, acrylic, glitter on sewn and fiber stuffed canvas   66 x 49 x 12"
    From the "Midlife Mermaid" series. This piece explores gender, aging and body-image through fantasy and reality.

  • Self-Portrait as Midlife Mermaid #5
    2009
    Oil, acrylic, glitter on sewn and fiber stuffed canvas   60 x 43 x 12"
    From the "Midlife Mermaid" series. This piece explores gender, aging and body-image through fantasy and reality.

  • Midlife Mermaids Gallery Installation View #1
    2010
    Mixed-media   Variable
    My "Midlife Mermaid" series. These pieces explore gender, aging and body-image through fantasy and reality.

  • Midlife Mermaids Gallery Installation View #2
    2010
    Mixed-media   Variable
    From my "Midlife Mermaid" series. This piece explores gender, aging and body-image through fantasy and reality.

  • Self-Portrait Praying #1
    2008
    Oil and acrylic on sewn and fiber stuffed canvas   40 x 24 x 12"
    From the "Prayer Project" series. This piece explores the personal, political, and spiritual dimensions of what is termed "prayer".

  • Self-Portrait Praying #2
    2008
    Oil and acrylic on sewn and fiber stuffed canvas   40 x 28 x 12"
    This piece, from the series "Prayer Project", explores the personal, political and spiritual dimensions of what is termed "prayer".

  • Self-Portrait Praying #3
    2008
    Oil and acrylic on sewn and fiber stuffed canvas   48 x 26 x 12"
    This piece, from the series "Prayer Project", explores the personal, political and spiritual dimensions of what is termed "prayer".

  • Self-Portrait Praying #6
    2008
    Oil and acrylic on sewn and fiber stuffed canvas   40 x 16 x 12"
    This piece, from the series "Prayer Project", explores the personal, political and spiritual dimensions of what is termed "prayer".
 








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