Artist Statement:

Having a strong interest in materiality and a personal connection to the natural world, my work is inspired by elements in nature that show the passage of time and a record of aging.  Informed by both the macro and micro world, my interests lead to explorations of substance manipulation that yield unusual and seductive visual results. Oxidation and discolorations form in naturally occurring patterns and these impressions feed the fuel of my studio practice. My work incorporates directed and naturally occurring marks, as well as extraneous or accidental marks rendered in the process of making. I often use wax in my work and came to utilize it for the malleability and aesthetic qualities, along with the cerebral and physiological breadth of beeswax that has a rich history of application, symbolism, mystique and direct ties to the natural world. My attention to surface and detailed foundations places an emphasis on the appearance of work as I strive to attract the viewer in for closer observation. I work intuitively and describe my approach to art-making as a process of excavation. There is no map or definitive end, and no preconceived plan of travel, only a sense that something waits to be revealed.

Jane Allen Nodine is University Gallery Director and Distinguished Professor Emerita at the University of South Carolina Upstate where she served as head of the art program for over twenty years. Prior to joining the University, she owned and operated Jane Nodine Hardwear, a full-service jewelry design and manufacturing company. Jane has worked in a variety of media throughout her career and exhibits widely in the US and abroad. Recognized with numerous awards, Jane received an NEA/SECCA Southeastern Seven IV Fellowship from the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art and two South Carolina Arts Commission Artist Fellowships. In 2012 she received the Award for Outstanding Artistic Achievement by the Southeastern College Art Conference and in 2002 she was awarded a Belle W. Baruch Visiting Scholar Fellowship to Hobcaw Barony Plantation in Georgetown, S.C. Jane’s work is included in numerous collections including three Chinese Universities, the Medical University of South Carolina, Equitable Life Assurance Society – NYC, Stadtsparkasse Bank – Germany, and multiple works in the South Carolina State Art Collection. Jane’s career spans several decades and in 1999 she was selected by the South Carolina State Museum and the South Carolina Arts Commission as one of the One Hundred Most Significant Artists in South Carolina during the 20th Century.

Jane is well known for her contributions to teaching and in 2016 she received the Distinguished Art Advocate Award, Sponsored by the South Carolina Art Education Association (SCAEA). In 2011 Jane was awarded the Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC) Award for Outstanding Exhibition and Catalogue of Historical Materials for Andy Warhol; The Andy Warhol Photographic Legacy Project. In 2008 Jane was recognized by the University of South Carolina Upstate with the Faculty Award for Scholarly and Creative Pursuits, and in 2004 the Award for Teaching Excellence from the Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC). In 1998 Jane created the USC Upstate Study Abroad program to Italy and led five trips and served as director through 2011.

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