After 40 years of living in California, I have returned to the Ann Arbor, Michigan area, to take part in the area's rich culture of art.
Artist Statement: Jane Crescent Brundage
I love the practicality of trying to make new things out of old, usually discarded objects. I was originally inspired in the 1970’s by the San Francisco area phantasmagorical mosaic/assemblage/found object artists such as Larry Fuente and Lois Anderson (aka Lotus Carnation), who covered cars, furniture, and ordinary objects with everything imaginable, such as bottle caps, plastic toys, shoe soles, coins, ceramics, beads, and costume jewelry.
For decades, I was employed as a graphic designer, whose task is to take facts and images and organize them into a succinct, limited, visual statement that sells an idea or product. Mosaicing enables me to take ordinary objects and transform them into something entirely new, limited only by my imagination.
I love digging through old discards to see if I can combine them, and reinvent them to make them somehow pretty again. My mosaics generally include the old, or broken, mixed with new materials. Each mosaic is generally driven by one initial “idea”, which could be a phrase or one featured object. Then I just dig through my piles of glass, tiles and objects and find things that go together. I consider each piece to be an organized fantasy.
Biography of Jane Crescent Brundage
Jane Brundage spent her childhood making art under the tutelage of her mother, a retired art teacher. In the 1960’s-70s, she did beadwork (jewelry and beaded clothing for a Palm Beach boutique, custom hat bands, a lampshade), and painted obsessively. She worked as a graphic designer, art editor, and art director. For over 20 years, she was a graphic artist, when it was a skilled artisan’s profession, before graphics became computerized. What she loved was the tactile and intense, meticulous interaction between paper, pen, ink, and the assorted materials and tools used to think through and organize multiple pieces to create a design.
Mosaic art provides a path back to the artisan design process. It is completely hands-on, and enables her to become immersed in a world focused on color, shape, feel, and detailed attention.
Jane loves to mix colors, old jewelry, phrases, and sometimes incongruous or unexpected objects, to add some assemblage fantasy to the mosaic. She has lived in Michigan, North Carolina, Florida, New Mexico, New York, India and California, and traveled extensively in the USA (one year in a tent!), as well as Egypt, Thailand and Japan. The exotic and unique colors and textures of these locations (sky, earth, water, fabrics, architecture, jewelry) all influence her art.
She studied mosaic art with numerous instructors at the Institute of Mosaic Arts in Berkeley/Oakland, California: Ellen Blakeley, Josef Norris, Laurel True, Jeannie Houston Antes, Rachel Rodi, Tracey Brobeck, and Glynnis Kaye.
Her primary goal in life is to make more mosaics, more often.
Alameda Women Artists, Alameda, CA
March 9th-May 4th 2012, Make Do! (Recycled/Repurposed Artwork), K Gallery, Rhythmix Cultural Works, Alameda, CA
April 8-June 30, 2012, Freedom to Create, Institute of Mosaic Art, Oakland, CA
November 16, 2012-January 27, 2013, Pieceful Wonderland: 2nd Annual White, Institute of Mosaic Art, Oakland, CA
July 21-September 15, 2013, Past, Present and Future, Institute of Mosaic Art, Berkeley, CA
August 10-August 31, 2013, Alameda Women Artists Annual Exhibition, Alameda Museum, Alameda, CA
November 2-December 24, 2013, Alameda Women Artists Holiday Show & Sale, Artistic Home Studio and Boutique, Alameda, CA
November 30, 2013—January 8, 2014, Winter Wonderland: 3rd Annual White Exhibit, Institute of Mosaic Art, Berkeley, CA
April—May, 2014, Altered Paintings Exhibit, Redux Studios Gallery, Alameda, CA
October 2-25, 2014, Great Lakes Small Works Exhibit, Riverside Arts Center Gallery, Ypsilanti, MI
November 14, 2014-January 10, 2015, Winter Wonderland (4th Annual White) Exhibit, Institute of Mosaic Art, Berkeley, CA