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Artist Statement

Through a series of clay sculptures, I investigate the female torso by abstracting it into fragmented pieces. By fragmenting the torso, each figure becomes a social commentary on how our society views and expects a woman to behave in postmodern society. My work deals with the stereotyping of women and the western ethic that depreciates or devalues women's moral experience.


Omissions in the torso are metaphors for the fragmented existence many women in postmodern society endure. This allusion allows the viewer to complete the missing fragments, thus, completing the woman. The viewer is in a position of power where they complete the “woman” through their interpretation of what the “woman” should be.



Janice MacLean became an artist and student of creativity because of her natural curiosity for life and art. She studied art and developed an interest in design and sculpture at Old Dominion University earning her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Design. She also earned an Associates Applied Science degree from Tidewater Community College in Graphic Design. 


Janice constructs her clay sculptures using slabs and coils and finishes her work by applying a rustic texture. Her work is a social commentary on how women were portrayed and their expected roles in postmodern society. The oxidation of the rust is metaphorical of how women were deprived and left to erode overtime because they couldn’t be active in the roles they desired.

Janice is currently exhibiting her work in a juried show "Dimensions 2023 Sculpture Exhibit" at The Art League 105 N Union Street Alexandria, VA 22314. This Art show showcases three-dimensional work from a variety of media including ceramic, stone, wood, glass, metal, mixed media and beyond. This year's exhibit features 18 works by League member artists.  Janice's sculpture has been awarded Honorable Mention and will be on view until July 9, 2023.

Janice is currently exhibiting her work at the Kulture Gallery located at 1230 Smallwood Dr. in Waldorf, MD 20603. This exhibition showcases the works of numerous established artists, creating a diverse and impressive collection of art.

Janice is exhibiting her work in a group show with other DMV-based Black artists throughout the restaurant at Bistro 64.  Artbae LLC and the Artbae Foundation are partnering with Bistro 64 for “A Night at the Museum: Artists Opening Reception” on Wednesday, January 11, 2023 from 7-9pm at 6494 Marlboro Pike, District Heights, MD 20747. Check out some of the artwork here.

Janice is exhibiting her work in a group show at “The Real Milk & Honey and Pancake Factory” in Camp Springs, Maryland. Artbae LLC and the Artbae Foundation are partnering with The Real Milk & Honey Market and Pancake Factory to provide artwork by DMV-based Black artists throughout the restaurant. The exhibit will run from August 2022 through January 2023. The Real Milk & Honey presents “A Night at the Museum: Artists Opening Reception” on Tuesday, August 23rd from 7-9pm at 4531 Telfair Blvd #201 Suitland, MD 20746.


She has participated in other group and solo shows that include: Exhibiting Artist Member at The Art League in Alexandria, Virginia, and exhibited her work in the Juried group show “March 2022 Open Exhibit,” at the Torpedo Factory Art Center. The exhibit ran from March 9 through April 3, 2022. “Eclectic Art” group show at the Queens Court Gallery, Portsmouth, Virginia "Juried” awarded 3rd place, “Bon Voyage Silent Auction Annual Gala Art Auction”, at d'Art Center Norfolk, Virginia which benefited the fund raiser for d’Art center, “Fragments and Fables” two person show at the Jaffe Arts Center, Norfolk, VA, “Restoration: 3rd Annual Juried Exhibition” group show at the Trinity Presbyterian Church, Portsmouth, VA, solo exhibition at the Riverview Gallery, Portsmouth, Virginia. Janice was awarded permanent studio space with the d'Art Center, Norfolk, Virginia.


I chose this medium because I love the idea of bringing clay to life. Clay is very forgiving and can be easily manipulated. While in creative mode I can easily add clay to my sculptures or remove portions. I create my sculptures by making slabs or coils or a combination of both. Then I manipulate and sculpt the clay into the desired shape, forming my sculpture. The most important thing to keep in mind when working with clay is water and time.

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