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A Midsummer Night's Dream, 2019, paper
The Secret Garden, 2019, paper
Janie Graham uses old and discarded classic books to tell stories through delicate sculptures. They are often displayed in bell jars, terrariums or frames to highlight their fragile and precious nature.
The books form both the material and the subject for Graham’s work. The narratives are lifted directly from the pages, inspired by either the book as a whole or by a particular strand within the story.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Secret Garden are interpretations of the well-known classic novels by Shakespeare and Francis Hodgson Burnett.
Janie Graham graduated from the University of Hertfordshire with BA Honours in Applied and Media Art, specialising in ceramics. However, her work has since evolved from paper-clay dioramas to the 3D book sculptures we know her for today.
She exhibited at New Designers in 2004 and was invited to join The Society of Designer Craftsmen as a Licentiate and exhibited at the Mall Galleries several times. She was promoted to Member in 2008. She also joined the HVAF and participated in Open Studios.
She has had work in various galleries around Hertfordshire, in London and further afield. She has entered the New Maynard Gallery Open Exhibition several times and won the 3D Best in Show twice.
Hertfordshire Open 2020
This artwork was selected for the first Hertfordshire Open Exhibition. The exhibition online galleries are hosted between www.uharts.co.uk and www.stalbansmuseums.org.uk and will be launched in stages throughout April 2020.
Over 180 artists with links to Hertfordshire submitted their work to be part of the inaugural exhibition. Chosen by an independent panel of judges, the exhibition features 80 stunning works by the 50 selected artists, creating an exciting mix of work by established artists alongside emerging talent and first-time exhibitors.
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