Jane's Journey Series
Bonnie Baxter is a multi-disciplinary artist who has maintained a studio in Val-David since 1972. Her extensive international exhibition record, includes print biennials in India, Russia, and Taiwan. Her work ranges from large-scale pieces in print media, video projection, performance, sculpture and community art. She has taught Print at Concordia University since 1984 and is represented by Division Gallery.
Jane’s Journey is part of a para-autobiographical series portraying Jane as an archetype of feminine beauty. Her solitary figure turns away from the camera examining the role of glamour and lost individuation in artistic self-expression. The series questions society’s ability to isolate their own experiences from fictionalized existence as portrayed by the industry of culture, from painting and photography to theatre, literature and cinema. It is the awkwardness in the settings, the dislocation of style with time—that insist on Jane’s individuality, her self-awareness, her maturity despite social pressure to conform. Her glamour comes from her mystery and lives despite the deliberately un-provocative postures she adopts. She doesn’t set out to appeal to anyone but herself.