Janet Chaffee is originally from Denver, Colorado but has lived in Texas most of her life. She earned her BFA in painting from The University of Texas at Arlington in 1999 and received her MFA in painting from Texas Christian University in May 2002. After graduating, she taught drawing at TCU, UTA, The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and has been in several individual as well as group shows throughout the state of Texas. She received third place in The Dishman Competition 2005 at the Dishman Art Museum at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. Andrea Karnes, Associate Curator of The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, juried the show. Chaffee received first place in Invitational #44 Exhibit held at the Longview Museum of Fine Arts in Longview, Texas and juried by Anne Allen, Director of The Arlington Museum of Art in 2006.
Also in 2006, she was awarded The Murrin Family Award in the, Preservation Is The Art Of The City, exhibition held at The Fort Worth Community Arts Center in Fort Worth, Texas. The juror was Rebecca Lawton, Curator of Painting and Sculpture for the Amon Carter Museum. She had a solo exhibition at The Ellen Noel Museum in Odessa, Texas in 2008. Janet’s work was exhibited with the Daimler Financial Services in Fort Worth Texas, 2009-2010 and in the 2010 exhibition, Intense Concentration, at The University of Texas at San Antonio, a drawing show featuring seven nationally known artists. During the summer of 2010 she was awarded a Once Upon a Time Grant from Trinity Valley School of Fort Worth to attend the residency, Atelier Hilmsen in Germany and in the summer of 2012 she spent time at Santa Fe Clay in Santa Fe, New Mexico. September 22 through January 6, 2013 her collaborative work with Benito Huerta was shown in the exhibition, Espoused, at The Art Museum of Southeast Texas. She had a one-person exhibition, Pentimento, in March of 2013 at Brookhaven College in Dallas, Texas and has an upcoming collaborative exhibition, 2014 Post Structuralism/ I Zimbra, in September 24- October 26, 2014 at Cedar Valley College Gallery. Also in the fall of 2014, she will be included in, Flow into the Mystic: Marriage and the Contemporary Artist, an exhibition at the Tyler Museum of Texas and curated by Derek Frazier. She is also currently teaching Upper School at Trinity Valley Prep School in Fort Worth, Texas.
My work is an intuitive exploration of how universal ideograms such as specific mediums and antique lace are connected to me. Using a spontaneous and open construct, my work explores ideas of chance through the fluidity and layering of medium. This process is a conversation between the old and the new. I use lace as a metaphor and grid. Lace has long been a part of communities, ceremonies, rituals, and customs and everyday life binding individuals and community together while creating a continuity of public and personal histories. Lace and its history provides both gender associations and contradictions, in addition to providing a visual dialog suggesting both handmade and machine made work. My process includes combining dry pigment, reflecting on the history of art, with lace and a beeswax skin to bind them together: Allowing for spontaneity and chance with hot wax to act as metaphor indicating the deviations or changes that often occur within an expected courses that ultimately create new histories. Most of my paintings range in size from 12” x 12” to 7’ x 8’. I also enjoy creating large- scale drawings and cutwork based on my paintings and the antique lace. In addition, some of the latest drawings and cutworks explore the connections associated with lace non-traditional materials.
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