SCAD Museum of Art presents "Signs of Life," an exhibition of recent work by SCAD alumna Jane Winfield (M.F.A., painting, 2012). Winfield’s paintings stem from spatial observations that are adapted to the artist’s own unique logic. Creating an idiosyncratic visual language through a broad spectrum of mark making, the artist says her painting is "as liberating as making up your own words."
The artwork exhibited in "Signs of Life" embraces contradiction. Using materials like house paint and spent brush bristles, Winfield navigates the conflict between volatile textures and alluring color fields. Many of the paintings have a rich history of layering, as the artist frequently reworks pieces over long periods of time. This can be seen in chunky, built-up surfaces of paintings, swaths of flat, luminous color, and translucent layers that reveal glimpses of a painting’s past.
Winfield playfully translates routine occurrences, such as the lengthening of shadows or changes in the weather, into alternative dimensional states using the language of abstraction. A number of works in "Signs of Life" draw inspiration from exterior space and phenomena, which then take on the qualities of cryptic symbols after being transformed by the artist.
Winfield lives and works in Richmond, Virginia. After earning a Master of Fine Arts degree in painting from SCAD in 2012, she taught painting and drawing at the College of Charleston, South Carolina. Her work has appeared in group shows in the U.S. and South Korea. During her time at SCAD, Winfield founded and successfully directed the Alexander Collective, now a SCAD student club. She currently teaches at Virginia Commonwealth University.
The exhibition is curated by Ben Tollefson, assistant curator of SCAD exhibitions.
The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.