Jane Dixon

Broken Ground

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Year 2020
Medium Graphite on paper
Dimensions 25.3 x 20.4 cm

About the work

The act of frottage – taking rubbings, has been central to much of my work since 2006. Broken Ground, 2020, is from a small series of drawings collectively titled Surface Fill, made between 2018 and 2020. The drawings utilize frottage to transfer the natural physical surface of stone, slate, earth etc., onto paper, to make traces of reality. Some of the resulting embedded graphite images are left as purely direct representations of the original, others, such as Broken Ground, include drawn interventions which transform and interrupt the natural surface, introducing an element of artificiality and ambiguity of scale.

About the artist:

Born 1963 Lancashire, Jane Dixon lives and works in London. Graduated from MA in Printmaking from the Royal College of Art (1988).

Dixon’s practice explores the conceptual alignment between subject and method. The rubbed drawings of her recent series are a continuation of her interest in the relationship between the real and the artificial or invented.

Her work is held in public and private collections including Yale Center for British Art, New Haven; The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge; V&A, London; The British Museum, London; Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham; Arts Council Collection, London; and Kasser Foundation, New Jersey.

Selected solo exhibitions include Regeneration: Works on Paper, Tokyo Gallery + BTAP (2008); Under False Colours, Tokyo Gallery and Yokohama Portside Gallery (2004); Under False Colours, Djanogly Art Gallery, Nottingham (2004); and Parallel Objects, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge (2000). Selected group exhibitions include The Human Touch: Making Art, Leaving Traces, The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (2021); Realisation, The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (2016-17); Contemporary Drawings from Britain, Xi’an Academy of Fine Art (2015); Apparitions: Frottages and Rubbings from 1860 to Now, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles and The Menil Collection, Houston (2015); Beneath the Surface, Somerset House, London (2015); Drawn to the Real, Alan Cristea Gallery, London (2014); British Drawings: 1600 to the Present Day, V&A, London (2013); DRAWING NOW PARIS, Carousel du Louvre, Paris (2013); Out of Rubble, Space, Pittsburgh and US touring (2012-2014); New Acquisitions – Part II, The British Museum, London (2007); Ljublijana International Print Biennale, Ljublijana, Slovenia (2005); Solid State: Reflections upon the Real, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge (2001); Jerwood Painting Prize, Jerwood Gallery, London (1999).

Awards include Jerwood Drawing Prize – Judges special commendation (2012); The Bryan Robertson Trust, Artist Award (2007); Arts Council of England, Awards to Artists (2005 and 2003); Kettle’s Yard and New Hall Artist Fellowship, University of Cambridge (2000-2001); Rothko Fellowship, Mark Rothko Memorial Trust (1997); and Rome Scholarship in Printmaking, British School at Rome (1989–90).

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