Janet McEwan is an artist and educator, whose research led practice predominantly investigates our contingent dynamic with the natural environment: often probing the space between the encounter and the mediated experience. Adopting variant, layered, and collaborative modes of enquiry, she attempts to make nuanced responses that will prompt imaginative dialogue and generate renewed understandings.
Outputs are diverse and often playful, situated both in gated and public realms; encompassing and frequently fusing traditional, digital, temporal and relational art forms. Enduring interests include the parallels between the worlds of art and agriculture, as sites of durational performative activity, production, and uncertainty.
Not insignificantly, Janet has mainly lived and worked in rural areas, both in her native Scotland and in Cornwall where she has been based for the past 6 years. After studying sculpture in Aberdeen, she worked in various spheres including conservation and healthcare, both in the UK and the global south, before completing a post graduate course in community education. She has been engaged as an artist/educator/curator widely since 1997.
Recent commissions include a legacy public artwork for Oldmeldrum, Aberdeenshire, installed Dec 2011, and a temporary site-specific work for North Wyke, Soil and Grassland Research Station, Devon, presented in May 2012.