Landscapes Collide And Disintegrate: Jane Ward @ Bearspace

Tabish Khan
By Tabish Khan Last edited 63 months ago
Landscapes Collide And Disintegrate: Jane Ward @ Bearspace
Jane Ward, Roundabouts. Image courtesy Bearspace.
Jane Ward, Roundabouts. Image courtesy Bearspace.
Jane Ward, Garden City State. Image courtesy Bearspace.
Jane Ward, Garden City State. Image courtesy Bearspace.
Jane Ward. Image courtesy Bearspace.
Jane Ward. Image courtesy Bearspace.
Jane Ward, Garden City State. Image courtesy Bearspace.
Jane Ward, Garden City State. Image courtesy Bearspace.
Jane Ward. Image courtesy Bearspace.
Jane Ward. Image courtesy Bearspace.
Jane Ward, Southerly (bookwork). Image courtesy Bearspace.
Jane Ward, Southerly (bookwork). Image courtesy Bearspace.

Jane Ward uses digital collage to create surreal worlds where the laws of physics appear to be constantly changing. Buildings break apart, train tracks curve to the point of being impassable, fragments of landscape and cityscape float in limbo while gravity decides which way they should go.

Yet at the same time, cars continue to drive along road as if nothing is amiss, as though the ground curving in on itself is just another day in the bizarre world which they inhabit.

Ward's layering means tower blocks blend in with jungles and cities merge with mountains. At it's most heavily layered, her work takes on an almost abstract quality. Yet visitors will be sucked into the works as they try to identify all of the component parts.

Despite the chaotic nature of these prints, there is no sense of destruction in them, just a playful collision of worlds in a surreal dreamscape. We've been fans of her work since we spotted it at the London Art Fair a few years back, and her latest pieces are just as entrancing.

Jane Ward: Up A Hill Backwards is display at Bearspace, 152 Deptford High St, SE8 3PQ until 18 May. Admission is free.

Last Updated 16 April 2013