Artist StatementI contemplate the intersection of everyday life with the simulated; the perception of space and reality viewed through the screen versus our notion of physical space. Imagery is distilled from the daily barrage of visual material, contemporary iconography, art history and plays with language. I collect and translate this information through sketches. Ideas become shapes and shapes become emblems of a veiled world where truth and reality are expanding and collapsing. My paintings present truth and fiction simultaneously and question the validity of each within the painting space.
Janet Olney received her MFA in 2014 from the LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting, MICA. In the summer of 2014, she attended the Chautauqua School of Art Studio Program and taught at MICA’s NYC Summer Studio Intensive Program in Brooklyn. She is the recipient of the Henry Walters Travelling Fellowship and a Graduate Development Research Grant. She has exhibited in group shows in Baltimore, Boston, New York and throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Currently, Janet is an Adjunct Professor at Maryland Institute College of Art and Harford Community College.