by Jane Mann
Nov. 2-26, 2017
Saturday, Nov. 4, 1-4 pm
Artist’s Talk: 2 pm
Second Saturday at Georgetown Galleries: Nov. 11, 4-6 pm
Meet the Artist!
Saturday, Nov. 18, 2 pm
In Layers, Jane Mann uses her imagination and the digital darkroom to examine the historical, cultural, and societal layers found in the architecture of Mediterranean countries plus American regions settled by these nations. She became acquainted with the archeological concept of layers during her time on a dig in Palestine while in college. The timeline of civilization was unearthed as the layers of dirt were removed: Modern, Ottoman, Byzantine, Roman, Hellenic, Iron and Bronze Ages. Sacred sites in particular were constructed one atop the other or sometimes one within the other. Similarly, belief systems frequently were built on or borrowed from their precursors. On further reflection, the layers did not have to follow chronologically; they existed contemporaneously. In that instance, the inhabitants led dramatically different lives, held various beliefs, and expressed themselves in varied artistic and architectural styles.
Rather than examining these designs separately, she has created photomontages that superimpose digital images of architectural details one atop the other just as cultures build on, enhance, or compete with each other. In so doing, she reflects on the flow of history as one era or one empire replaces its predecessor, coexists with its contemporaries, or subjugates t
hem. The images are complex and invite analysis and circumspection. In a larger sense, the prints serve as a reminder that cultures, manmade constructions, and political regimes are never permanent. They are also a visual commentary on the conviction that mixing traditions, ideas, and beliefs can be stimulating, enlightening, and arresting.
Jane Mann has been involved in the art world in the DC Metro area for nearly 20 years and has exhibited in and received awards from numerous arts organizations including the Washington Printmakers Gallery, Gallery 75 at the Art League in Alexandria, VA, the Main Taunus-Galerie in Hofheim, Germany, the Capitol Hill Art League, the Arlington Arts Alliance, the Loudoun County Arts Council, the Loudoun County Artisan Trail, and the Fairfax Art League.