/ Artist Statement

Through my research and art I explore ideas about our personal experience of space and investigate our relationship with the spaces we inhabit. How we affect space and buildings and how these in turn affect us... and reflect us.

I seek to create windows of opportunity for people to engage with the spaces around us in another way. I do this in both my two-dimensional work and large scale light installations by paring everything down to the simplest ingredients and stripping away the clutter so that only the essential elements remain. I am seeking a distilled simplicity - an accessible interface - where the complexities and inner workings are evident yet quiet and subtle in the background.

Creating art for public places is an important direction in both my two-dimensional media, light work and installations as I am interested in the many ways we experience and perceive the spaces around us.

/ Bio

Jane Crappsley is a Melbourne based artist with a background in drawing, printmaking and digital technologies. She graduated from the Canberra School of Art (ANU) in 2001 with a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours) and in 2007 completed an Advanced Diploma in Multimedia (Interactive) at Victoria University.

Her drawings and prints have been exhibited in a number of national exhibitions, and have won numerous prizes, including ‘Outstanding Artistic Expression’ at the Nokia Arts Awards Asia-Pacific, in Seoul, Korea. Her work is held in public and private collections throughout Australia. She has also been commissioned to create site-responsive art for public spaces in Melbourne and Brisbane.

After exhibiting her first kinetic light installation with Experimenta (Melbourne) in 2002, Jane has continued to develop works exploring light, space and audience experience. In 2007 she completed her light installation ‘Responsive light drawing’ which combined fibre optics, LED’s and motion detection to create a sculptural light drawing that gradually revealed itself by responding to your movement through the space.

Jane explores how we can add to or edit space through temporary public art to create an alternative story or counter-cartography of public spaces. Jane was an Artist-In-Residence with the Centre for Projection Art during 2020, and is currently developing a number of projection works for the public realm throughout 2021.

/ CV


2019           3D Printing & Modelling - Girls in Tech, Online
2018           Blockchain product design - Academy Xi, VIC
2016           Agile Project Management - Certified Practitioner, MetaPM, VIC
2015           User-Experience Design; and Data Analytics, General Assembly, VIC
2013           Professional Certificate in Web Accessibility Compliance, VIC
2008                 Certificate IV Business (Small Business), NMIT, VIC
2006 – 2007      Advanced Diploma of Multimedia (Interactive), Victoria University, VIC
1997 – 2001      Bachelor of Arts, Honours (Printmedia & Drawing), National Institute of Art, ANU, ACT
1995 – 1996      Diploma of Art and Design *first 2 years only*, WA College of Art and Design, Perth, WA

Public Art and Commissions:

2020     Seismic shift, Art in the Time of COVID-19 Commission, Nillumbik Shire Council, VIC
2019     Ecology code, Nillumbik Digital Agora Program Commission, Eltham, Nillumbik Council, VIC
2011     Platform, Royal Brisbane Womens' Hospital Busways Project Commission, Museum of Brisbane, QLD
2008     Tram Stop 21 Project Commission, Moreland City Council, Melbourne, VIC

Solo Exhibitions:

2011     The Poetics of Space, Angela Robarts-Bird Gallery, Gasworks Arts Park, Melbourne, VIC
2010     First Thoughts (Un-thought drawings), Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne, VIC

Selected Group Exhibitions and Publications:

2021     Art in the Time of COVID-19, Nillumbik Shire, Montsalvat, Eltham, VIC
2020     Change in Condition, Open House Melbourne, Collingwood Yards and Centre for Projection Art, VIC
2020     Light Windows, Holocenter New York with Centre for Projection Art, VIC
2019     Digital Agora, Nillumbik Shire, Eltham, VIC
2008     Tram Stop 21 Project, Moreland City Council, Melbourne, VIC
2007     Hatch ‘08, Victoria University Gallery, VIC
2006     TREV Art Prize, Per Square Metre Gallery, VIC
2005     CCAS Drawing Award, ACT
2004     "ISO Magazine", Perth, WA, distributed internationally
2002     Prototype, Experimenta (part of the 2002 Asia Pacific Multimedia Festival), Blackbox Gallery, VIC
2001     Lift Off 2001, Canberra School of Art, ACT
2001     CSA Drawing Prize, CSA Gallery Foyer, ACT
2001     Wild Sheep Chase, CSA Gallery, ACT
2000     Nokia Arts Awards: Asia-Pacific 2000, Seoul, Korea
2000     CSA Drawing Prize, CSA Gallery Foyer, ACT
1998     Hutchins School Art Prize, Hobart, TAS
1998     "The book of LOUD", program for the national LOUD multimedia festival
1997     CSA Drawing Prize, CSA Gallery Foyer, ACT
1997     City of Perth Photographic Award, Perth, WA
1997     7th Annual Open Print Award, Impressions Gallery, Perth, WA

Awards and Residencies:

2020     Test Sites Online - Artist Creative Development program (Jul-Aug)
2020     Centre for Projection Art - Artist in Residence (Feb-May)
2001     Emerging Artist Support Scheme; Finlay Press Residency Award
2001     Emerging Artist Support Scheme; Megalo Arts Access Residency Award
2000     Award for ‘Outstanding Artistic Expression’, Nokia Arts Awards: Asia-Pacific 2000
2000     First Prize, Inter-College Art Show, Canberra, ACT    
2000     Second Prize, SOUP Magazine, 'Self-Portrait', WA
1994     Outstanding Achievement in the 'Quest For Excellence Visual Arts and Design Exhibition', Art             Gallery of WA

Public Collections:

Family Law Court of WA

Professional Memberships:

National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA)
Craft Victoria