Artist's Statement

Jane Harding is an experimental printmaker whose work has been about uncertainty, reflecting the constant and escalating change under which we live. She works in a variety of media, highlighting human rights, and human influence on, and exploitation of, the environment. Her stimulus comes from her own environment in rural Shropshire, and the Welsh coast and the Scottish Highlands and Islands. She has made a series of collagraphs which describe increasingly extreme weather patterns, another series which underlines human exploitation of resources, and a series which is a commentary on the changing climate. She has exhibited at York University, the Guatemalan Centre in London, and contributed to exhibitions at The Sidney Nolan Trust, Bankside Gallery, London, and Rabley Contemporary Drawing Gallery.

Following Art School and a career in special education, teaching, counselling and NHS management, Jane curated a lecture series for the RSA (The Royal Society for the Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce), and started printmaking after moving to Shropshire.

Jane’s current work, Sea Change, is about a developing storm, future uncertainty, and the increasing frequency of extreme weather patterns. She has made a large wall-mounted installation of folded paper relief forms. Each form is irregular but similar and, set in sequence, they have a fugitive quality: handkerchiefs cut from the sea and sky. Corrugation and overlapping have the effect of heightening the tension of the incoming storm. Tide Mark is a reflection of consumerism: the sea has become the repository of the world’s detritus and where it meets the land it deposits its daily collection of objects, some large, many minute, just fragments of their original form. These can produce graceful arcs made up of tiny, bright, jewels of plastic or great shoals in the form of bottles, bags and containers. With each tide comes the mystery of their origin carried by wind and sea and the reality of their quantity which continues to multiply. A series of mixed media images carries the narrative of their journey and the future uncertainty of what they represent.

Suddenly we are living in a world not in transition but in violent eruption, a change not generally anticipated nor calculated but devastating in its challenge to humanity’s apparent supremacy. Substantially the world has ignored indications of a changing climate, with all its implications, but is now confronting the unimaginable: a virus which has extinguished economic activity, frozen international travel and is challenging an established way of life. Nothing will be exactly the same again, Uncertainty the only Certainty. The next series of images will address this uncertainty.