Janet Davidson-Hues investigates and combines language, image, and object to create paintings and installations, audio and video. Davidson-Hues, born in Baltimore, MD, is an MFA graduate from the University of Kansas and former Assistant Professor of Art at Indiana State University. She has exhibited her work nationally in solo shows, invitationals and group exhibitions. Internationally, she has participated in various installations, lectures, performances, video screenings, and exhibitions in Germany, Italy, Israel, and China.
Janet says of her work: "Oftentimes, I find myself awash in text, punctuation marks, prepositions, adverbs, adjectives, nouns and verbs as I investigate the interaction, the dependency, the clash, and the collaboration between women and their language.
I examine facets of language and linguistic codes – the structures, order, symmetry, and rules – with a keen awareness of the literal, the vocal, and the articulation of words, the limitations of words, and the necessity of language. My work is as much about the murmur and the whisper as it is about the yell and the shout. I have realized that the merger of word and image through spontaneous improvisational application of paint results in a visual energy that both conceals and reveals the literary agent – the voice – lurking either on or just under the surface, something I’ve worked hard for a very long time to find."