Ink & Collage
Janalyn Kidd seeks to explore notions of sexuality, identity and otherness through mixed media. In an effort to press against points of view that are personal, cultural and natural, her work is a means for rethinking how humans are represented in the world. Surreal figures exist in liminal spaces or in the torn windows of subway posters. Lungs give birth to flora and torsos open and expand into gardens. For Kidd, making art is an act of resistance to unimaginative cultural categorization, and an exploration of biodiversity through the symbiosis of humans, plants and animals. Her figurative work flagrantly displays the exquisite and fertile complexity of what it means to be a woman. Beautiful and grotesque, her drawings are our intimate confessor, confronting us with their transcendence and transformation. They are both a corporeal image of perception and a celebration of human nature in all its complex and surreal beauty.