Janet Come sees through the eyes of an Architect and transforms complexity of thinking into simplicity of presentation. Her works are reinterpretations of the subject, using sensitive form, color, line, geometry and light to encourage the viewer to feel the break between realism and abstraction.
She presently is engaged in an ongoing study of "Habitat" comprising paintings, drawings, photographs and sculptures. Her three exhibitions, at the two Buschlen Mowatt Galleries, Palm Desert and Vancouver and the Royale Projects in Indian Wells, communicated her ideas on Habitat in their most stripped down, lean, straightforward and minimalist form.
In her Paintings, she concentrates on painstaking, multi-layered applications of paint to paper, releasing the paper’s infinite ability to absorb and reflect light and texture. With its inherent twisting, expanding and contracting properties, the paper adds whimsy while maintainging a sense of edginess. The luminous and harmonious colors create meditative and beautiful environments. The beauty alone could suffice, but her concerns go deeper, into narrative about how we live, our "place" in the world and physical, social and spiritual separation.
The Sculptures are folded, three-dimensional organizations of the paintings which form cubes, joined in various combinations and permutations to construct "environments", some small in scale and others large enough to “live” in. Her Sculpture is architectural, with inside, outside, space, light, shadow, color and time all represented. The geometry is a repetition of the simple but as it repeats, becomes impossibly complex. A wide variety of materials and colors are used, from pure white solid, through colored, transparent to Corten steel and all the work is done with consummate precision and maximum simplicity.
In her Photographs of the urban landscape, she introduces order and context into dislocation, reveals the discoverable space in the unseen and makes whole what otherwise would be derelict. The photographs are not limited to the moment the shutter is released but suggest what happened before and what could happen after.
Janet Come received a Bachelor Degree in Interior Design from the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Manitoba and attended the Master's program at the UCLA Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Planning. She studied at the New York School of Drawing, Painting, and Sculpture and obtained a Masters degree in Fine Arts from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
Exhibitions of her work include The Museum of American Art in Philadelphia, The White Box Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, The Philadelphia Art Alliance, Wayne Art Center in Pennsylvania, Buschlen Mowatt Gallery in Vancouver and Royale Projects in Indian Wells.