Wit, meticulous craft, and surprising juxtapositions of meaning are hallmarks in the paintings, photographs, and mixed media works by Jane Hammond. Hammond incorporates an encyclopedic collection of images—from the past and present, history and fiction—to explore the fluidity of meaning as images shift, a process she has referred to as “recombinant DNA.” As Hammond’s work recontextualizes her found images through the marriage of the image and the materials, the question of what is fact and what is fiction crosses the viewer, and a new narrative is generated. Although each artistic technique of Hammond’s is varied, the work is unified through her ability to make each image something entirely new.
Hammond’s works can be found in numerous museum collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York;
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Walker Art Center, Minnesota; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Illinois; and Albertina, Austria. Her works have been the subject of solo museum exhibitions at institutions including the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, California; Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, Massachusetts; deYoung Museum, California; Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, Colorado; Detroit Institute of Arts, Michigan; and FLAG Art Foundation, New York.
Hammond was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, in 1950. She currently lives and works in New York City.