Jane James is a Tasmanian artist also based in Brisbane, her work informed by travels to environments in the Asia Pacific region and while her work is largely representational, there is manipulation of visual language to overlay additional meanings. Where Rope has formed a central motif, it is used both as metaphor and visual element, in its many forms, and further to the purposes for which it is designed.
Jane James presents a body of work that celebrates the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey. There are ten pieces in the exhibition, and the first nine spell out ‘We said yes’, in both Morse and Semaphore, and one larger piece that spells ‘LOVE’ in Semaphore. The use of the semaphore and Morse code to spell out the message of the exhibition is a reference to language and connections, the works examine layers of meaning and visual symbols, and our ability to decipher them. From a maritime background, and they are codes that are universally understood. The sticks and stones employed are a direct play on the old adage. The rope winds through the visual plane, supporting but not binding the elements.