Jane Filer Describes the Dimensional Aspect of Her Process
My paintings are about my reaction to living on the earth and interacting with animals and nature. There is often something surreal and other dimensional. I feel that there are various ways of perceiving reality. In a way we create our own existence. We give meaning to color and react to stimulation on many levels.
Painting and drawing have always been a part of my own personal expression. It is a subtle mode of transferring sentiment. It’s language is rich with dialects. The use of story to carry and capture human interest has been a favorite formality of mine.
My first approach to the canvas is to “free fall” into abstract realms where anything is possible. This is a place where I don’t know anything by name yet feel in other ways a connection. Something occurs in the paint and charcoal that will trigger my curiosity. My favorite subjects will have mysterious characteristics. Something familiar and something mysterious side by side create shifts in perception. Shifts in perception create shifts in meaning. The experiencing of these shifts is exciting.
And so I paint and think and experience playful realities. These depictions feel much more real to me because they are feeling and seeing at the same time. Through out the making of a painting I work with staying in certain streams of consciousness. The conscious emotion is important to maintain through out the work. It will dictate color and the handling of the paint. There are times of flow and there are the times I find myself lost. Being lost could be a good thing in that it guides me into unfamiliar territory and hence discovering something new. My job is to stay open and sensitive to new developments as they arise. This is important in giving the work a life of it’s own.
See the opening of Jane’s show at Tyndall Gallery, at University Mall on Saturday, March 16th.
Enjoy many paintings she has created over time at the Jane Filer website.