Her is a full frontal floral facial, a continuum of face and flowers, all blooms and folds and bows and crinkle curls. The image echoes Victorian flower fairies, a goddess from a seed catalogue, or a frenzy of cake icing in the midst of darkening skies. With swirling blonde hair and mesmerizing eyes fixed at the centre, Her is an emblem of almost psychedelic growth.
Janet Werner was born in Winnipeg, and lives and works in Montreal where she is Associate Professor of Painting at Concordia University. She received her BFA from the Maryland Institute in Baltimore and her MFA from Yale University, New Haven, CT. She has shown widely in Canada including solo shows at the Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, the Art Gallery of Windsor, and Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art, Winnipeg. Selected group exhibitions include Bestial Encounters, Winnipeg Art Gallery (2011), Generation, Art Gallery of Alberta (2008), Intrus/Intruders, Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (2008), and Entre/Voir, Galerie de l’UQAM, Montreal (2008). Internationally, Werner’s work was presented at the Prague Bienale (2003) and in the major survey exhibition Oh, Canada at MASS MoCA (2012). Her work is in numerous private and corporate collections as well as the collections of the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, the Mackenzie Art Gallery, and the Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery among others.