Janet Haslett's works concern time and the slippage between the now and then, the ancient and modern. Her observational and research based projects into landscape, place, culture and history reimagine the past to reorient it in the present. She is fascinated by the power of the frame and the grid and usually presents her work in forms that revel in or deliberately unravel these visual conventions. Janet's paintings, drawings, sculptures and installations are created using a wide range of materials from traditional mediums to recycled remnants, accidents and rubbish from her studio. Her paintings may evolve into sculptures, while her sculptures evolve from finding the marvellous in mundane, overlooked, everyday objects.
Her work was most recently included in the Rumah Lebah Gallery's inaugural exhibition Contemporary Art in the Secret site of Imogiri, Java, as a parallel event to Yogyakarta's ART|JOG17, the Hill End Table: Food, Fire, Art at the Bathurst Regional art Gallery, Art Now Revisited at Kensington Contemporary and Fear of Forgetting at Contact Sheet, Sydney. She has been awarded residencies at the Rumah Leah Gallery, Indonesia, the British School at Rome and ArtSpace Sydney and her work is held in private and public collections in Australia and overseas.
Janet Haslett 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 is currently a sessional lecturer in the Drawing Department at the National Art School, Sydney.