Jane Bodnaruk

Bodnaruk, Jane

Artist Statement

I am interested in the legacy of ordinary women, and portraying that in an art which connects my everyday life to the past, the present and the future. The process involved in the creation of my art is often as important as the outcome. I may employ time consuming and repetitive actions and techniques (often to the point of obsession) to create works mirroring a woman’s commitment to nurturing.

The legacy of nurture is not quantifiable, and so is rarely noted as a significant contribution to society. I see women as being full of potential. How, when and if that potential is realised can be affected by luck, resilience and health. However, it is the direction and the quality of the journey taken that creates the stories of our lives.

I have researched Australia’s convict women, reflecting on how they made their way through the difficulties of colonial life. I have pondered how to bring attention to the absence of recognition of women’s contributions through the history of Australia since 1788. I have considered the perceived worth of domestic tasks carried out by women. Currently I am fascinated by the lives and art of the women who lived, painted (and sometimes exhibited) in New York through the middle of the 1900’s.

Techniques are chosen according to how they fit the current concept and theme. Hand stitch and repurposing of clothes and fabrics are often used.

Bodnaruk, Jane Full lge
Rope Journey, ebb and flow Exhibition

2015 –    Master of Visual Arts (Textiles) Australian National University
Canberra (current study)
1988      Graduate Diploma Information Technology,
Queensland Uni Technology, Brisbane
1983       Graduate Diploma Plant Protection, Queensland University, Gatton
1981       Bachelor Science (Entomology), Queensland University, Brisbane

Group Exhibitions (selected)
2019       un:Seen – untethered fibre artists, Goulburn Regional Art Gallery, NSW
2019       un:Seen – untethered fibre artists, Gallery M, Marion Cultural Centre, S.A.
2019       Considering the Women, North Sydney Art Prize, NSW (Finalist)
2018       Make your Mark, White Rhino ArtSpace, Sydney, NSW (invited entry)
2018       Reap what Sew, Seed Stitch Contemporary Textile Award,
Australian Design Centre, Sydney, NSW (juried)
2018       un:Seen – untethered, Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre, NSW
2018       inTransit  – untethered fibre artists, Tuggeranong Arts Centre, ACT
2018       Stitched up  –  untethered fibre artists, Queen St Gallery, NSW
2017       inTransit untethered,Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre, NSW
2017       Stitched up  – untethered fibre artists, The Lock-Up, Newcastle, NSW
2017       ebb and flowuntethered fibre artists, Muswellbrook Regional Gallery, NSW
2017       ebb and flowuntethered fibre artists, Belconnen Arts Centre, ACT
2016       ebb and flowuntethered, Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre, NSW
2016       ANU School of Art Drawing Prize Exhibition, Canberra (juried)
2015       Out of Handuntethered, Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre, NSW
2015       Flight – extraTexture textile artists, The Balmain Watch House, Sydney
2014       Future … Past – ATASDA, Palm House Gallery, Royal Botanic Garden, NSW
2013       Focus – extraTexture textile artists, The Balmain Watch House, Sydney
2011        Fusion – extraTexture textile artists, The Balmain Watch House, Sydney
2010        Voyages of the Imagination – ATASDA, Palm House Gallery, RBG, NSW
2008        Out of the Blue – ATASDA, Palm House Gallery, RBG, NSW

Awards, Prizes, Grants
2008       Intertidal Zone – Mixed Techniques – Anything goes (amateur)
3rd NSW Quilt Show
2004       Marty’s Quilt – New Interpretations of Trad. Theme (amateur)
2nd NSW Quilt Show

Exhibiting Associations, Memberships and Affiliations
2015 –                   untethered fibre artists
2011 – 15              extraTexture textile artists
2008 –                   Australian Textile & Surface Design Association (ATASDA)