Jane Kent’s 2018 monotypes, Endless I–XXI, are made up of many layers of colors, printed with the use of hand-cut masking stencils over the course of numerous sessions in our studio. Kent’s images and practice are both erudite and playful. She is deliberate without being cautious, and readily incorporates accidental outcomes into the finished pieces. Questions such as, “What does four o’clock look like?” or “What time do these colors feel like?” were bandied about, causing us all to reevaluate our perception of time and the features of various timepieces— commonplace clocks and watches, lunar calendars, hourglasses—that record and represent it.

For her screenprints Blue Nose and Pink Eye, Kent used the silhouettes of unfolded cardboard packaging as her starting point to build compositions of layered and juxtaposed shapes and colors. The resulting images are strikingly distinctive, and she succeeds in her wish to make something “you can’t take your eyes off.”
Kent was born in New York and received her BFA from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Her work is in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art; the Brooklyn Museum; the Rare Books Division and the Drawing and Prints Division, the Library of Congress; the Spencer Collection, the New York Public Library; the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale University Library; the Graphic Arts Collection, Princeton University Library; and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Fellowships and awards include the National Endowment for the Arts Artists’ Fellowship; the Barbara and Thomas Putnam Fellowship, MacDowell Colony; and Yaddo Artists’ Fellowship. She is Professor and Department Chair in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Vermont.

Aspinwall Editions Jane Kent Monotype
Image and sheet 22 1/2 x 16 1/2 in.
Jane Kent