Hannah Joynt and Jane Venis: Drawing as Performative Response

CICA Jam #1

Seoul Jam #2

Live Drawing Performance, May 2018, DSA Gallery, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Live Drawing Performance, May 2018, DSA Gallery, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Live Drawing Performance, May 2018, DSA Gallery, Dunedin, New Zealand.

jamjo (2018)

Jamjo is a performance video work in which we address the question “How do we collaborate successfully with two very different creative practices in order to explore new territories within a contemporary context?”  

On the video filmed in real time with a live audience, Jane plays a banjo in an improvisational way and Hannah responds to the music interpreting the sound as a large scale drawing. However, there is a moment at some point early in the performance when Jane has started to respond to Hannah’s mark making, as the drawing has the ability to ‘draw out’ phrases from the instrument in ‘dual improvisation’.  

Although the process is largely spontaneous, the drawings can also be ‘read’ as a narrative, and the  performance has a theatrical storytelling quality to it. We all have different non-verbal modes of expressing ourselves. In our performances we are initiating dialogue with each other in our own individual creative languages. How might a mark be interpreted? How might sound by interpreted? As the notion of improvisation and spontaneous expression is common to both drawing and music/sound performance this video is our combined expression of these questions. In Jamjo we are able to remain based in our separate disciplines yet generate new work collaboratively. Inevitably this pushes our individual practices to otherwise uncharted territory and lead us to deeper understandings of our own and each other’s work.  

Hannah Joynt is a contemporary drawing practitioner who works in a range of media, processes and scales. Jane Venis a musician, per¬formance artist and maker of sculptural musical instruments. Her work is often playful and experimental and engagement with the viewer is critical to her practice. Jane has exhibited solo shows in Public Galleries in New Zealand and has been selected for several international juried group exhibitions. Hannah’s studio practice is concerned with researching notions of ‘drawing as a language’, with a particular focus on drawing the landscape. Visual interpretation of sound by drawing is recent avenue in her  exploration of ‘drawing as a language’, yet a landscape influence is obviously present. She exhibits regularly around New Zealand in solo and group exhibitions. Although they have our own individual practices they have collaborated together over many years, including teaching drawing together at Otago Polytechnic in Dunedin, New Zealand.  Sept 13 and 20.