"My work draws inspiration from our changing relationship with the natural world."
"Let’s keep an eye on wild creatures. As we besiege them, as we corner them, as we exterminate them and eat them, we’re getting their diseases.” - David Quammen, Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic
British born artist Jane Tagg currently resides in Bucharest, Romania. Throughout her career, she has lived internationally in Asia, the Middle East and Europe. She has exhibited internationally; presenting work in several solo and group exhibitions in Asia, Middle East, Europe and South Africa. Jane Tagg was originally trained in embroidery and has transferred her love of structure and intricate detail into paintings, prints and paper-based sculpture. Her work, paintings and digital graphic illustrations are sparked by a passion for environmental factors, ecosystems and conservation and are used to highlight and provoke interest in current environmental issues.
Drawing inspiration from our relationship with the natural world, the collection of works, “There’s danger lurking in those animals”, invites the viewer to enter a world threatened by zoonotic diseases and to question the impact of globalisation and the changing equilibrium of the environment. Not all is calm on the environmental front.
The paintings compel the viewer to interpret a somewhat sinister world in which slightly playful but snarling and biting animals predominate the paintings, emphasizing the power that animals hold in the eco-system. Alongside, illustrations of body organs are used to highlight the symptoms of the disease once passed onto humans. The presence of traditional medicinal plants encourages the viewer to consider the power of nature, the path that represents a more traditional and empathetic way of living and provokes the viewer to consider the urgent need to form a more balanced relationship with the natural world.
This review was published by Circle Foundation for the Arts © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist