BA Rutgers University

MA Kean University

Artist Statement:

As my work evolves, I continue to look for ways to express what is personal to me. For the past decade, my work has been a reaction to snapshots of my friends and family. Currently, I turn selfies into charcoal drawings that serve as social commentary. Election Night 2016, Women’s Rights and Climate Change are some of my themes. While the intentional absence of color describes my mood post election, I also like working with pencil because of its simplicity. I love the velvety black of the charcoal together with the white of the paper and all the greys in between. I am continually testing the notion that there are infinite ways to make marks and I use this idea to create visual interest.

janet@janettsakis.com
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