Jubilee Queen 2012
A portrait of HM Queen Elisabeth II recognising her 2012 jubilee year, created using recycled materials including buttons, beads and jewellery.
As a talented artist in found materials, Jane Perkins describes herself as a re-maker since pictures are made without paint but instead using small objects that are placed closely together proving colour and forming an image. From a young age Jane enjoyed being creative, mainly drawing and embroidery and once the decision was made to develop her creative potential and pursue a relevant career she took a degree in Textiles and achieved a First.
Jane’s work essentially focuses on portraits of well known people and also recreations of famous paintings where she gives them a contemporary twist – know as Plastic Classics. Its best to view her work at two levels; close up to identify what materials were used and then from a distance to admire the whole image. Materials used vary in colour shape and size, they may include: buttons, plastic, shells, toys, jewellery, beads, cutlery etc. No colour is added and everything is used ‘as found’. Jane loves to use art with an element of surprise or humour with the intention of bringing a smile to peoples faces.
Recycled materials are used because of their properties and also because they express something of Jane as an artist. In saying this however, Jane is still genuinely shocked at the amount of goods we discard in todays Western Society and enjoys giving discarded materials a new life.
Jane firmly believes in the words of Scottish sculptor, David Mach “Every artist needs to find the right material through which he can express himself”.
For more amazing artwork by Jane Perkins visit – www.bluebowerbird.co.uk