Specialty: Mixed Media
Janice Wall explores structures, textures, and marks created by human endeavor, natural atmospheric elements and the passage of time. In her work, Wall’s affinity for Wabi-Sabi, the Japanese appreciation of visible impermanence, juxtaposes with the signs of man-made environmental destruction. Wall goes beyond a simple man/nature polarity, however, to encompass what can be visually beautiful man-made pollution and the harsh appearances of nature. Wall's experimental abstract equivalencies are merged in cut paper layering.
Mono-printing factors heavily in Wall’s work. However, not finding all the solutions in a single medium, Wall explores and incorporates a mix of media. Her one-thing-leads-to-another approach has sparked using embossing, dry pigment, salts, paint, graphite, burns, stencils and found object impressions.
Janice Wall spent her childhood years in a small New England town surrounded by a large forest reserve and with Grandparents on Nantucket Island and the seaside factory town of Lynn, Massachusetts. Gravitating to the urban art scene as a young adult, she attended Massachusetts College of Art graduating with a BFA and later returned to earn a MSAE. After graduation, Wall balanced working as a graphic designer and later teaching art with her studio work as a painter. She moved to the Brickbottom Artists Building in Somerville, MA in the early 90’s. It was there that she was drawn to printmaking studying with Bernard Toale. Visiting New Mexico frequently over the years, Wall finally moved to Galisteo in 2007 to live and work full time in her spacious studio.