Extending ideas and processes into abstraction is a natural progression of Jannetta’s methods and theory.  The place or point of activity can be realigned to hover beyond representation and mimicry, initiating peripheral vision and lateral, hermeneutic comprehension. Abstract’s eternal presence may have been consigned to primitivism had it not been enshrined by Modernist reverence for its sublime transcendence. However,  prejudgment continues to misunderstand the incomprehensible, preferring imagined clarity of distinction.

Jannetta chooses to juxtapose landscape (trees) with abstracts, in her practice in an intuitive response and interrogation of engrained and contemporary value assumptions.


Recent studies have found that images of nature, particularly trees, reduce stress and increase happiness. The same studies found that images of trees in a hospital increased wellbeing and a subsequent swifter return to health, whilst images of abstracts have been seen to increase anxiety. It is possible to deduce that the anxiety is induced by fear of the apparently inexplicable in abstraction, detrimental to self-esteem and inversely affecting conviction and therefore mental health.Jannetta explores this fear and uncertainty by introducing fascination and curious poetics, an aspect that is evident in both the tree images and the abstracts. Humans are not the main perpetrators of these worlds, even the artist relinquishes control. It is beauty, curiosity and a moment of becoming that takes centre stage.     

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