Janet Currier

Plain Work, 2020

Acrylic ink on paper

77 x 57 cm

Pattern plays an important part in this painting, acrylic ink on paper, by Janet Currier, entitled ‘Plain Work’.
The title comes from the title of a poem by Kate Clanchy. It is from her book of poems called ‘Newborn’, about having a newborn and mothering. This is one of the poems that Janet has been reading in lockdown. The title for the poem becomes the title of the works in the series of smaller stitching paintings, of which this work is one. For Janet, it is apt because it is about the concept of mother as stitching and caring as stitching. These are them that run thorough her practice.

It also goes back to the sewing metaphor – talking about the way you have to weave things together when you are a mother. This then continues as you are looking after people.

This work is composed of acrylic ink on paper. The precise stitching motif, the pattern in the painting, gives the work internal tension. Furthermore, there is a tension between the loose watercolour areas of pink, now more evident with the deeper colour, and the detailed pattern of the green lines. The work on paper also references back to her sculptural pieces, an integral part of her practice, which she works on in the studio alongside these paintings.