Lana de Jager
Work and volunteer at Baldessin Press Studio in St Andrews. Have taken part in several group exhibitions in Nillumbik, including ' Art in the Time of Covid-19' (Nillumbik Council Grant) (5 Feb - 5 Apr 2021) Montsalvat, Eltham.
Lana de Jager emigrated from South Africa to Australia in 1998 and settled in Melbourne. Having obtained a BA Honours Degree in advertising and visual communication in 1994, she followed her degree with 2 years as a lecturer [1995-1996] at Potchefstroom University and the East London Technical College [South Africa], teaching Graphic Design History & Techniques, History of Art and Still Life & Figure Drawing. She was also responsible for organising and advertising student exhibitions. Until 2016 she followed a career in Graphic Design.
Printmaking, of all the arts, lies the closest to graphic design training. In 2016 de Jager started producing art full-time and focusing on building a career. The result has been over 39 gallery exhibitions, including 9 solo shows, including a climate change project called ‘Waiting for Wisdom’, which involved a residency in Mildura and then exhibitions in Mildura and Melbourne.
Lana transfers drawings to polymer etching plates for traditional intaglio print making, preferencing less-toxic processes. Since 2021, she has been experimenting with combining wet and dry printmaking techniques, including developing an economical and toxic-free lithography process.
Lana’s art practice investigates loss and grief, mental health, cultural pressures, issues that come up through our interaction with the media and all the terrible news we are facing with regards to human impacts on the earth.
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