Sculptural Poems

The Poetry of Objects


Duane Reed Gallery, St. Louis, MO

Conceptually as well as visually  the sculptures are inspired by my interest in the evolution of pictographs and ideographs into the modern alphabet. To build these sculptural wall pieces I reconfigure found objects and then bind them together with painted waxed linen thread. The work is fabricated from wooden cast-offs such a scythe handles called snaths, parts from a shoe factory rack, cello pegs, canes, glass eyes and weaving shuttles.  The sculptures project a hands width from the wall cast shadows on the wall above and below.

Writing about The Poetry of Objects in the St. Louis Beacon Ivy Cooper observes,” … Jane Birdsall-Lander has developed a body of elusive, elegant sculptures born of the correlations between bodies, built structures and written symbols.”