Jane South’s creative impulse comes from a seemingly unlikely source: bike rides around New York City. The shifting perspective that results from moving toward and away from structural objects inspires her exploration of the human relationship with architecture.
As her media, South chooses materials fundamental to art and to architecture–paper, balsa wood, acrylic and ink. With these basic elements, she creates three-dimensional sculptures that reference the industrial forms she is exposed to every day. With dozens of individual elements, folds, and marks, the meticulously constructed works are both sturdy and flimsy, modern yet archaic, encapsulating what South calls “the fluidity of our architectural experience.”
After graduating at Central School of Art (now Central/St. Martins) in London, Jane South moved to the US where she completed her MFA at UNC, Greenboro. She is the recipient of many major awards and residencies, including most recently, a 2007 NYFA Fellowship in Sculpture.
"I love the intricate shapes and architectural forms that Jane constructs out of paper and pen. They are fantastic to see in person so you can really explore the detail."