Jane Fox is an artist and educator working through a number of methods in visual and performance art.
She lectures in visual arts with dance and music, with interests in arts for inclusivity and personal exploration and empowerment.
Her artistic output includes projected still and moving image, drawing and installation, using a diverse range of materials and processes.
Jane Fox lectures in dance and music with visual arts on the university's Fine Art programme. She teaches visual research and supports interdisciplinary practice in the making of studio-based work. Jane also works on the Inclusive Arts Project ‘access to art’ course, teaching students with learning disabilities and supporting second year arts students from the university as advocates on the HEFCE project.
Jane Fox makes drawings, prints, moving image, installation and floor based works. Her art practice engages both solo and collaborative activity, driven by the need to break down barriers and access that which is to be celebrated in life. She draws on a diverse range of materials and processes that underpin content, seeking to engage in a creative journey where outcomes are undetermined and offer surprise. She makes use of personal histories, found text, memory as narrative, everyday and ephemeral materials, to develop a body of work from which distinctive stand-alone works emerge.
Central to her mode of enquiry is inter-action,whether between graphite and surface, artist and found text, materials and site, image and sound, collaborating parties or artworks and audience. In a series of artist books that explore visual narrative, texts are broken down and re-organised to open up new territory from within which to work. She is interested in arriving at ‘new-sense’ through the processes of non-sense. These narratives, in turn, provide a series of start points for new cross-disciplinary work.
Jane Fox trained in Visual Art and Sound at Brighton Polytechnic, graduating in 1985. Since then she has developed an arts practice that embraces a wide range of mixed media and inter-connected activities including artist led projects, collaborations and solo work. Her commitment to creative activity as a tool for dialogue and change has led her to work in a wide range of community settings, bringing training to organisations such as Welfare State International ('Starting the Journey' - Rites of Passage 2003) and Unit for Arts and Offenders ('Working with Vulnerable and Volatile Groups in Open and Closed settings' 2001).
Together with her sister Alice, Jane Fox formed 'The Marine Girls' (1979-1982), who recorded two albums, two Peel sessions and performed live in the UK and Europe. In 'Carnival Collective', a 50 piece, celebratory performance troupe drawing on Brazilian style instrumentation, Fox performed as a percussionist between 1995-2005 performing widely in the UK and France. She developed visual performance for street based work as Visual Director in a R.A.L.P funded project in 2002.
These experiences of collaborative exchange and her background in sound and the visual arts has lead her to engage in collaborative interdisciplinary work and an interest in collaborative arts ventures. Jane has instigated a series of collaborations including Irene's Dress Bookwork, with Irene Mensah (Falmouth 2003), John's Shirt Bookwork, with John Warr (Falmouth 2003), Secrets Revealed installation performance with Laura Wild (Falmouth 2003) and Wedding Cloaks with Louella Forrest (Brighton 2007).
Fox & Gammidge is a collaborative partnership with artist Tony Gammidge, begun in 2003. They explore the use of frameworks for creative collaborative activity. Recent work by Fox & Gammidge takes known stories that can be opened up, teasing text apart to make a gap within the narrative where the artists can linger and collect their own thoughts in response to the tale. Not so much a re-telling of the tale, as an exploration of possibilities within the framework of the telling. Site responsive works and installations in the South West include (A Cornish Sketchbook 2003) and Brighton (Black Birds, Argus Basement, 2005). In November 2006, Fox joined Gammidge at Kolin Ryynänen in Finland for a period of practice based research and development for new work on The Baba Yaga Chronicles (2004 -2007).
Bullen, Duncan, Fox, Jane and Lyon, Philippa (2016) Practice-infused drawing research: 'being present' and 'making present' Drawing: Research, Theory, Practice, 2 (1). pp. 129-142. ISSN 2057-0384
Fox, Jane (2012) Mutter matter: murmurings from the drawing room table [Exhibition]