Approved: 15.08.2017

Janet Currier

Artist, Arts development worker, Maker

Approved: 15.08.2017

Artist Statement

My most recent work explores the vulnerability of the sick (female) body, the subject threatened by disease and the trauma of treatment. Magnified imagined microorganisms proliferate and threaten to overwhelm the canvas. Fluids escape and coagulate. Harsh sculptural surfaces of the scratchy cubicle curtain are set against skin rubbed raw. 

Meticulously reproduced pattern is used as a stand in for the monotony of the medical process and the minutia of the everyday. The repeated mark making also relates to a subconscious process, a kind of mesmeric performative action – akin to stitching - sometimes enabling thoughts and feelings to float to the surface, at other times operating like an irritating, obsessive kind of self soothing.

Pattern is also a way to explore longstanding concerns to do with painting, such as the intersection between abstraction and representation. It is a means for rethinking materiality and re-examining the potential for creating a different narrative order.

These works also mark a reemphasis on the materiality of making. They are much more to do with the process of responding to what the paint is doing and seeing where it will lead the work. 

CV & Education

Janet Currier  - Curriculum Vitae


M.F.A Fine Art                                                                                                                             2017                                                                                                 

University of London – Goldsmiths College

M.A. Applied Anthropology (Research Methods) and Youth and Community Work          1995 University of London - Goldsmiths College

 B.A. Hons Fine Art 2.1, University of Leeds                                                                             1986


Exhibitions and Awards

2018     Waiting Room, The Waldron Health Centre, Deptford X Fringe, London SE8

             Entitled, The Spike, Bristol

             Substrate with Deepa Chudasama and Christine Stewart, No Format Gallery, London SE8

2017 -8  Elephant Residency, at Griffin Studios, Shepherd's Bush, West London

2017      Guest Artist APT Open Studios, London

              Goldsmiths College Warden's Purchase Prize 

              Mothership 2, Bruton Arts Factory, Bruton Somerset

2016      Mothership, The Sawmills, Wandsworth, London

2014      Safe Place, The Master Shipwright’s House, Deptford London

              Let me go to the window, Harts Lane Studios, New Cross London

2013      Otherworldly, Harts Lane Studios New Cross London

2011      Small things, big thoughts, 2 Woman Show, Deptford X Fringe Programme

              Telegraph Hill Festival, London

              100 pictures 100 words, The Hill Station, Telegraph Hill, London

2010   Telegraph Hill Festival, London

2007   Recent Fruit, Paul Mcpherson Gallery, Greenwich London

2006   Six, Paul Mcpherson Gallery, Greenwich, London


Residencies and workshops

2010-11 Airborne Families - design and delivery of creative evaluation workshops for Scarabeus Aerial Theatre Company

2010    Tate Modern / Southwark Adult and Family Learning Service - short course for “hard to reach” families with young children aimed at increasing their access to the collection: Artist Educator

2010    Be in the Know – Young Leaders Magazine Bermondsey Street, London SE1

2009    Change Schools Programme, Chingford Community School/ A New Direction

2008    Green Team Mural Project, St Andrew’s School Islington, London

2007-9 Visual Arts Residency/ Family Learning workshop leader Rotherhithe Primary School, Southwark/ Café Gallery Southwark, Park London

2006    Changing Spaces, Discover/ Maryland Primary School, Newham, London



Janet Currier: Motherhood and Microbiology, Elephant Magazine, pp 88-89, Issue 35, Summer 2018

5 Questions with Janet Currier – Emily Steer for Elephant: currier/#.WgC91RD5DHk.facebook

In conversation with Mothership December 2016 in Curating the Contemporary,

Mothership – celebrating the Role of the Mother Artist, Mothership exhibition review in Life as a human, January 24th 2017, by AJ Delany and Alix Mortimer