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Life Forms, 2018
Acrylic, gouache, collage on paper
30 x 22.5"
A collection of painted and collaged images of animals, real and imagined, created during the Pandemic, while life felt particularly vulnerable.
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Jane Greengold is a visual and conceptual artist. She makes public art, both permanent and temporary; does community engagement projects, and studio work, both abstract and conceptual. Her public projects are site-specific, intended to heighten a sense of place, and are often engaged with social issues.
She has done permanent works for the MTA Arts for Transit progam at the Grand Army Plaza Station in Brooklyn and (with Kane Chang Do) the MetroNorth station in Pleasantville; the NYC Percent for Art Program at a high school in Brooklyn and a Fire/EMS Station in Queens; and temporary projects for the centennials of the Brooklyn Bridge and Grand Central Terminal, among others.
After decades of making socially engaged public art, she is now doing community engagement projects, seeking social justice through art. With the support of the Design Trust for Public Space, she is working with residents and neighbors of a New York City Housing Authority development to redesign a now unusable, fenced-in grass space at the edge of the development, to make it into an interactive space usable by both residents and others. Among her community engagement projects is an almost annual series of Halloween Impalements, installations of 100 individually carved pumpkins impaled on a sharply pointed fence, and left over time to decay, revealing the Toll of Time. In recent years (not including the pandemic year ) over 150 community members contributed pumpkins.
Her studio works include an on-going 30-year plus series of postcards celebrating every Solstice and Equinox. For the last eight years she has being doing a series of drawings, paintings, and collages inspired by the (fictional) languages of Tlön, inspired by the Jorge Luis Borges story Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius.
During the Pandemic she has done a series of Corona Collages, made of torn fragments of earlier drawings, and a series of small painted and collaged squares.