Neo-Petroglyphs is an evocative and intimate series of portraits of 8th century wall etchings in Rajasthan, India. The etchings are at once timeless and current, reminiscent of modern graffiti and yet unmistakably ancient. The artist imbues the images with a palpable atmosphere, transporting the viewer to another time and place.
It was almost too hot to breathe. I was climbing to the high ground of Kumbhalgarh Fort in India when I saw hundreds of years of etchings in ancient stone walls. These neo-petroglyphs, thickly layered, created a surreal display of vernacular.
I am interested in the iconoclastic spirit of people and the democratic nature of the “wall.” Walls are monuments in themselves and their collective inscriptions speak to the timeless nature of their ever changing tableau. Some think of these etchings as a memorial to those who cannot themselves construct monuments.
About the Artist
Originally from Halifax, now living in Toronto, Janet divides her time between her two studios. She has created images for a diverse range of clients. Her work has won numerous advertising awards, and has been nominated on several occasions for Juno Awards. While continuing her commercial photography practice, Janet is also studying art history at OCAD.
She loves art, design, architecture, and great food. When she is not on assignment she is pursuing personal photographic projects, traveling, and consuming the most interesting food she can find. Janet recently travelled to France for Paris Design Week where she was filled with inspiration that will fuel her next series of images.
"Everything has its beauty, everything has its secret, everything has its little miracle to reveal. I'm always trying to capture that."
Neo-PetroGlyphs runs from October 16th-31st
Opening Reception October 17th from 5-8PM
For more information about Janet Kimber or the show, please contact the gallery at 424.3087 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org