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Jane Fine for M. Legere
My designs for M. Legere were inspired by a festive pink and green raised floral china pattern my parents purchased in the 1040’s, and later gave to me in the 1970’s. Although the dishes are about seventy years old with many chipped and broken pieces, each time I entertain with them, I experience a flood of happy family memories. In creating my own work for M. Legere, I chose to borrow from that same color palette – pink and green with hints of brown and yellow.
The looping lines on many of the dishes are a nod to my mother’s uniquely-elegant handwriting and the sections of grid with attached circles reference the simple pencil-and-paper game “boxes” that I played with my father, and then decades later with my son. The design also includes many quotations from my own paintings and drawings, and more than a few references to the 1940’s floral pattern. Working to combine these motifs into the final design, made the idea of using collage essential. The sharp breaks in the pattern are partly a comic allusion to broken dishes, but also a reference to the passing of time and the layering of memories that will become a part of this collection.
Jane Fine lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She earned a B.A. from Harvard University in 1980; an M.A. from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, at Tufts University in 1983; and is a graduate of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 1989.
Since her first participation in a 1988 group exhibition, she has continued these past almost 30-years to show in one-person and group exhibitions in cities throughout the U.S., as well as Milan, Berlin, Leipzig, Vienna, Halifax, and Toronto. She is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, and has taught amongst a wide range of prestigious art programs, including Bennington College, Hamilton College, Middleburg College, SUNY New Paltz, SUNY Purchase College, Rhode Island School of Design, Skidmore College, and Vassar College.
“Selfie” –2014, acrylic on canvas, 32” x 50”