Aislinn Janek

I am interested in human universalities, intercultural relationships, and how language affects our sense of self. I am intrigued by fragmentation of information caused by language barriers, as well as, how memories are created, stored, and altered over time.

The strategies I use to make paintings are a combination of submission and control.

The linear quality that runs through nearly all of my paintings can be interpreted as the control we have over our own being. The drawn, painted, or sewn lines reflects time, repetition and how habitual actions contribute to one’s human make up.

I discover through experimentation. The batik, tie dying or paint pouring, no matter how many times it is repeated, will continue to be an experiment. The unexpectedness of the medium must be accepted because it can hardly be swayed, similar to the way one must react to new information that is given on a daily basis.

In my body of work, I do not seek to provide answers, but rather celebrate unquenchable curiosity and the desire to push the boundary from known to unknown.