Artist’s Notes for The Language of Objects - 2009
Bound Alphabet is a body of three-dimensional work that comprises abstract forms and draws its inspiration from the ancient beginnings of the language we use today. I think of these pieces as sculptural poems because for me the forms and their shadows express ideas and emotions in a concentrated, imaginative and powerful style akin to that of poetry. The titles are like something whispered to the viewer hinting at yet another layer of meaning. The work is fabricated from wooden cast-offs such as scythe handles, parts from a shoe factory rack, cello pegs, canes and weaving shuttles. Once built the forms are obsessively bound with pigment painted waxed linen thread. These forms which are at the same time ideas and primordial shapes, sometimes assume a symbolic stance referring to the instinctive positions the animal and human body can assume at moments of deep emotion.
Writing about Bound Alphabet In the St. Louis Beacon Ivy Cooper states, “ Jane Birdsall-Lander has developed a body of elusive, elegant sculptures born of the correlations between bodies, built structures, and written symbols”.