Jane Williams graduated from Goldsmiths College, Camberwell in 1985 where she studied fine art/textiles, specialising in machine embroidery. Her paintings originate from the feeling of connectedness she gets from swimming in the Atlantic Ocean near her home in Louisburgh. Immersed in the water, she surrenders to the freedom of weightlessness where the physical body dissolves and becomes one with the elements. Here, she loses the sense of herself being a separate entity and feels she can slip through the threads of the veil into a space of light and stillness - a world between worlds.
As she paints she relives her experience of being in the water and the painting develops a life of its own. The image evolves through the application of layers of colour which she scrapes off and scratches into when the surface is barely dry. This process brings about a rich texture and depth, creating patterns of light and shadow. The bodily form merges into this image - a form which is both immersed in the element but also separate from it.
Dissolve, oil on paper, 106 x 84 cm
The Space in Between, oil on paper, 23 x 30 cm