Jan Owen Art

Artist’s Statement:

Our age of computer technology is as exciting as when Gutenberg developed the printing press. While digitized information soars through space, I write with pens and brushes. Independent of technology, the power and beauty of words are constant; the depth of thought and leap of metaphor are vital. The complex rhythm of our bodies; our breath and our gestures found in handwritten letters still captivates me.

Calligraphy is the craft of abstract line becoming letter. The letters combine to make words and a visual conversation begins between writer and reader. I select words that have rhythm and meaning, then hand letter them into artist books and panels. I want to call attention to words through design and form in an object of beauty.

I write on handmade papers, colorful paste decorated paper and on translucent Hollytex. My tools are metal pens and fine brushes dipped in sumi and acrylic inks. For more texture, I weave painted Tyvek shapes into the paper. My work is inspired by Medieval and Asian arts and calligraphy, music and literature.