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Art & Life with Jane Maru

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jane Maru.

Jane, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
Growing up as the youngest daughter, sister, cousin, granddaughter in a large mid-western family; getting a degree in sociology and philosophy; being a licensed massage practitioner and traveler all lent itself to me being a keen observer of people and how they respond within the norms and expectations of society and culture. To discover a different way of being in the world as a multi-faceted creative has been a lifelong pursuit for freedom, truth, authenticity, and finding others who think outside the box.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
Using beeswax resist and hand-mixed dyes on natural fabrics, I create paintings that are informed by subtle details of patterns, the play of light and shadow found in the natural and elemental worlds. It’s an ancient layering technique I learned while living in the central highlands of Mexico. Instead of using a pencil to lay down a sketch, I use a 12th-century wooden handled tool with a copper spout that continually drips hot, liquid beeswax. I’m literally going with the flow of the wax, allowing for spontaneity of design, which is what drew me to adopt this unconventional art form. The layers evolve into dimensionality once the beeswax is removed and the kaleidoscopic piece is illuminated in custom light boxes.

At the behest of encouraging friends, I’m currently reproducing my works onto fabrics to be used for fashion and interior design.

What responsibility, if any, do you think artists have to use their art to help alleviate problems faced by others? Has your art been affected by issues you’re concerned about?
I’ve always felt a deep responsibility to create in a world that’s bent on destroying. To make beautiful art and intentional healing spaces that inspire and ground people to what’s honorable and worthy of their attention, reminding them to (re)connect with nature in lieu of distractions of the banal and trite.

For the last three years, I’ve been collaborating with an artist collective in Bombay Beach, California. Through various modes and mediums of art, we bolstered efforts in bringing more attention to the ecological disasters of the Salton Sea while also contributing to the local, underserved community by way of jobs and services. Just last month an easement agreement was approved allowing the state to begin a critical restoration project in the area. This is a big deal.

This summer I’ll be spending time in Butte, Montana, home of the Berkeley Pit, one of the biggest environmental catastrophes in the U.S. Over the next two years there’s going to be a contingent of artist’s from around the world influencing next steps towards remediation through all modalities of creative expression.

“Artists Need to Create on the Same Scale that Society Has the Capacity to Destroy”
-Sherrie Rabinowitz

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
I collaborated with the iconic composer, Harold Budd, and Rollin Milroy of Heavenly Monkey Letterpress on a limited edition book of poetry and art called “Aurora Teardrops”. It’s been acquired by several prestigious libraries. A google search could land you a coveted, collectible copy.

Mr. Budd and I also collaborated on a CD/DVD of eleven films for eleven tracks from the album Jane 1-11 that can be found through the Darla record label.

Private appointments can be made via my website to see current works at Studio Cielito in Joshua Tree, CA.

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Image Credit:

Eric Schwabel – photo of me in Maru-poncho )

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