Using symbols, metaphors, and various design elements to create a collage aesthetic, my acrylic paintings convey surreal, contemporary narratives relating to memory, dreams, collective unconsciousness, and the human condition.
I layer familiar imagery including figures, animals, symbols, landscape, and scenes of disaster into thought provoking compositions that tap into the collective unconscious while evoking connection, introspection, and spirituality. Painted in an expressive realist style, images intersect with a dream-like cadence that pushes us to question our memory, perception of time and physicality.
Janelle W Anderson was born in Houston, TX and moved to Colorado at age 12. Anderson showed a skill for for drawing and painting at a young age, but it wasn’t until college that she began to realize art as her passion, and earned a BFA in painting from Metro State University of Denver in 2011.
In high school, Anderson was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. This became a defining event in her life that led her to pursue making art. Due to her experience with mortality at a young age, existentialism and the ephemeral became the key subjects of exploration through her work.
Her early work was primarily drawing on layered mylar, which created a hazy, ghost like effect, evocative of dreams and memory. In the desire to work larger and bolder than what she was achieving with drawing on mylar, Anderson’s work evolved into surrealist compositions rendered in acrylic on canvas.
Anderson was awarded the Nagel Art Thesis Award and Honorable Mention for her BFA thesis installation. She has also been awarded a residency with the Firehouse Art Center in Longmont, CO, during which she will create a site specific installation in summer 2021.
Anderson currently lives in Denver, CO with her husband and daughter.