Jane Ward is a digital artist, her work is constructed from digital photographs which have been repeatedly broken down and collaged, creating imaginary, fragmentary, and transient land/cityscapes.
These cityscapes, villages, rural and industrial settings are both familiar and disturbing as they allude to the cycles of destruction and regeneration witnessed in our everyday surroundings.
Ward's work has been referred to as an embodiment of the idea of Heterotopia. As someone who read Foucault at University (many years ago, I kind of remembered the concept and then looked it up and the descriptor is correct. Foucault’s six defining principles of Heterotopic space are
1. Locations of crises and deviance.
2. Spaces which change in function.
3. Several places juxtaposed as a single space.
4. Spaces linked to ‘slices of time’.
5. Locations that have a system of opening and closing.
6. Function in relation to all remaining space.
Each element of the digital print has been placed to add texture and power to the artwork. I love these as they are big imposing works of art which feel almost sci-fi, taking those recognisable elements and insetting them in a new space and time. These images promote imagination, I'd love to have one blown up as wallpaper a feature wall to inspire ideas.