Jane Perkins creates the most beautiful works of art following a process that reminds us of the puzzles of our memories. Having worked as a nurse for seventeen years in a London hospital, she one day decided to unleash her talents by getting a degree in textiles in 2006 and starting a career as an artist, developing a very particular style which has stirred the art world for its originality.
Having started by using discarded jewellery, marbles, coins, sea shells, driftwood and other found materials, she then evolved into more refined kinds of creations which drew their inspiration from Ecuadorian artists, who adapt broken pieces of jewellery in their original designs. In the meantime, found buttons have gained a particular relevance in her work.
In fact, at a certain stage in her career, Jane Perkins started making portraits first inspired by Matisse’s depiction of his wife. She uses any objects of the right size, shape and colour directly as she finds them, with no alterations introduced to them.
This, again, brings to our minds the process of puzzle building and the techniques thereby required. It further reminds us of that homely entertainment as Jane Perkins’s artworks are actually constructed as a puzzle.