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“Jane Wilbraham is Value Obsessed”. Her works enquire into the nature of her own value systems and those constructed to keep the world turning. She is interested in how they came about and the possible consequences of living within or outside of their rules.
In Values the viewer can be forgiven for not initially seeing this in her carefully crafted objects, which are often wilfully enigmatic. However, over the last fifteen years, Wilbraham has used many material guises to achieve this end.
Her work has become particularly relevant in the light of the dire economic climate we have currently found ourselves in. What constitutes as an honest day’s pay for an honest day’s work is certainly being re-examined by the general populous and whilst physical graft is not by any means all there is to be found in Wilbraham’s objects, it certainly has its part to play both in concept and aesthetic.
With text by Paul Hedge (Director), Hales Gallery, which explores the value of the materials that Wilbraham uses in relation to the ideals of democracy in the 20th Century.
Published by text+work, TheGallery, The Arts University Bournemouth 2013