Shana James

Shana James is a mid-career West Australian Artist who works in painting, printmaking and artists’ books. Graduating from a fine art degree at Curtin University in 1989, she has maintained a continued practice over the past 30 years; exhibiting widely in Perth and Melbourne including 8 solo shows. She has works in the Collections of Kerry Stokes, Artbank, The WA Water Corporation, The WA ministry for Culture and the Arts and Monash University. She is currently a Masters by Research Candidate at Edith Cowan University, in Visual Arts; where she is continuing her narrative art practice.

Artist Statement

Using the story of Alice in Wonderland as a critical lens, my artwork explores ideas around choice and agency. Through making images related to the story I investigate the interplay between the individual and society; and the self-actualisation of the individual. There are two recent series of prints available through STALA CONTEMPORARY; the first entitled 'Understanding Alice' is a series of linocuts focused on Alice being on a journey of becoming. This set of images is editioned to 20 and the entire set was purchased by Monash University in in 2017. The following quote is from Dr Ric Spencers essay about the work.

               Understanding Alice prompts and pushes at Shana’s comprehension of her own journey, of    herself wrapped up in time and space nestled and wrestled through experiences. As an escapade of symbology Understanding Alice pits the dreamlike nature of the world against the reality of life being a very real set of events and circumstances.

Dr Ric Spencer curator Fremantle Arts Centre

The second series of prints entitled 'Falling into Place' looked at Alice and the psychological aspects of place.

               Using Alice in Wonderland as a point of departure for her own creative musings, Shana navigates the metaphorical landscape of Carroll's imagination. Elements from the story combine with the fabric of her life to create a poetic vision of this fantastic place. Questions of identity, childhood innocence, angst and absurdity surface in these psychologically charged prints.

Catalogue Essay 'Seven Printmakers Respond to Place'

In current work I continue to investigate Alice on a journey of self actualisation with elements from the story reimagined as a metaphor for aspects of contemporary life. Pattern is becoming an important element to the work. While there is a lot of repetition in the process of printmaking which could be seen as an embodied pattern of movements to make prints; I am equally interested in the ideas to do with being immersed in pattern.  Alice in Wonderland was first published in 1865 in the Victorian era. At this time the pattern of life was highly structured. Similarly, I am also interested in pattern: visually, psychologically and in the repetitive movement associated with it. Pattern can create expectation. When Alice is in Wonderland, her expectations of what will be are challenged as she navigates a strange world where nothing is as it should be; in my opinion, rather like our own contemporary society.  

Watch Youtube link to Shana James' Printmaking Practice:

Watch Shana James showing the printing of a Drypoint Print:

Watch Shana James show the printing of the Understanding Alice Linocuts:

Exhibitions


Works

SHANA JAMES - Limnial Space - Seeing Beyond Borders

SHANA JAMES - Limnial Space - Seeing Beyond Borders 

oil on canvas 2017, 61 x 76cm

$950.00
SHANA JAMES - Limnial Space with Autumn Leaves and Yellow Light

SHANA JAMES - Limnial Space with Autumn Leaves and Yellow Light 

oil on canvas 2017, 61 x 76cm

$950.00
SHANA JAMES - Expansive

SHANA JAMES - Expansive 

Drypoint etching on 100% Cotton Paper, Edition 1/20, 2016, 52 x 42cm (framed)

$500.00
SHANA JAMES - Growth (with William Morris wallpaper)

SHANA JAMES - Growth (with William Morris wallpaper) 

Drypoint etching on 100% Cotton Paper, Edition 1/20, 2016, 52 x 42cm (framed)

$500.00
SHANA JAMES - Internal (with William Morris wallpaper)

SHANA JAMES - Internal (with William Morris wallpaper) 

Drypoint etching on 100% Cotton Paper, Edition 2/20, 2016, 52 x 42cm (framed)

$500.00
SHANA JAMES - Now it's Always 6 O'clock

SHANA JAMES - Now it's Always 6 O'clock 

Drypoint etching on 100% Cotton Paper, hand coloured with inks, Edition 1/6 2016, 78 x 95cm (framed) *This piece was Highly Commended (Works on Paper) in the 2016 York Art Award*

$900.00
SHANA JAMES - The Promise of Corners

SHANA JAMES - The Promise of Corners 

Drypoint etching on 100% Cotton Paper, Edition 1/20,2016, 52 x 42cm (framed)

$500.00
SHANA JAMES - Alice Trying to Fit In

SHANA JAMES - Alice Trying to Fit In 

Linocut on 100% Cotton Paper (framed) 2015

$300.00
SHANA JAMES - Desire (Alice with Rabbit Trap)

SHANA JAMES - Desire (Alice with Rabbit Trap) 

Linocut on 100% Cotton Paper (framed) 2015

$500.00
SHANA JAMES - Dodo

SHANA JAMES - Dodo 

Linocut on 100% Cotton Paper (framed) 2015

$300.00
SHANA JAMES - Let Go

SHANA JAMES - Let Go 

Linocut on 100% Cotton Paper (framed) 2015

$500.00
SHANA JAMES - Stepping Out (Puffin)

SHANA JAMES - Stepping Out (Puffin) 

Linocut on 100% Cotton Paper, image size 15 x13cm,(overall framed size 50 x 36cm) 2015

$300.00

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