Jane Watt studied at Edinburgh College of Art, and later completed a PhD at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2002. She had a studio for fifteen years in London and is now based in Suffolk. She has created a number of temporary and permanent commissions including: Trip the light fantastic a largescale temporary installation in the windows and streets of Archway for Byam Shaw School of Art and Islington Council; Justice shines by its own light a temporary building wrap design for the new UK Supreme Court building in Parliament Square; Postcard Journey and Button Wall for the Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital Art Project which won a Saltire Award for Art and Architecture.
She has exhibited widely in more conventional gallery spaces in Britain and abroad including work at Millais Gallery in Southampton, Buzzer Thirty in New York, and the Crafts Council in London. She has had solo exhibitions and installations at Eleven Spitalfields and The Economist Plaza in London, Aspex Gallery in Portsmouth, and Damasquine Gallery in Brussels.
Jane is currently working on Cabinet of Curiosities as artist-in-residence on the Darwin Green Development in Cambridge.
“I look for the extraordinary in everyday materials, situations and spaces. I make interventions that will attempt to uplift and challenge the viewer’s usual perception of that object or environment, to make them look twice.
The interface between natural and artificial elements is manipulated and sometimes blurred in my work. For instance: the skyline of Shoreditch, East London is temporarily changed by a flock of one hundred artificial birds hovering above a city roof; a taste of summer is brought to the streets of Helsinki in mid-winter; a green greenhouse makes the world appear rose-tinted, Tango lessons are given to commuters under a magenta spotlight in forgotten corners of north London; a mirrored camera obscura briefly appears on a deserted Suffolk beach and changes the horizon line.” – Jane Watt, October 2013