Janet Haslett is an Australian based artist working in response to landscapes foreign and familiar and to contemporary and historic artistic spaces, collections and archives. She is intrigued by historical representations of landscape as a vehicle to convey meaning and by its ability to continue doing so in a contemporary context. Over the years her work in this area has led to projects in response to social history and contemporary culture. Here, her focus is on reinterpreting the past to reorient it in the present or reflecting on contemporary social behaviours in relation to art.
In March 2019 her work is being curated into ‘Drawn to the Alumni’ at The Sydney Gallery School Meadowbank TAFE and she will undertake residencies at the Buinho workshop, Portugal and the Officina Stamperia del Notaio in Sicily. Her 2018 exhibitions include Horses, curated by artist Noel McKenna at the Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney, Cy in the Centre, curated by Anthony Bautovich at Home @735 Gallery, Sydney and Interiors, curated by Gavin Wilson at the Orange Regional Gallery, NSW. In 2017 her work was shown in Contemporary Art in the Secret site of Imogiri, Indonesia, curated by Sonia Legge as a satellite event to Jogyakarta's ART|JOG17, the Hill End Table: Food, Fire, Art at the Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, NSW and Fear of Forgetting curated by Steven Cavanagh at Contact Sheet, Sydney.
She has been awarded residencies by Buinho, Portugal, Officina Stamperia del Notaio, Sicily, GranitiMurales, Sicily, the Rumah Lebah Gallery, Indonesia, the British School at Rome, Italy, ArtSpace, Sydney, and the Paris Pata Studio.
Janet holds a Master of Fine Art (Painting) and a Bachelor of Fine Art (Painting) from the National Art School, Sydney and an Advanced Diploma of Fine Art from the Sydney Gallery School, NSW. She served on the National Art School’s Academic Board from December 2011 to March 2013 and has been a sessional lecturer in the Drawing Department at the NAS since 2015. She is a founding member of the Hill End Arts Council and in 2017 was a co-initiator of the Misty Mountain Project, an ongoing series of inter-village projects between Imogiri, Indonesia and Hill End.
Her works are held in private and public collections in Australia, Italy, France, Germany and England.