Jana Visser, born in1997 in Stellenbosch, South Africa, is a multi-disciplinary artist who currently resides in Ghent, Belgium. In 2019 she completed her Bachelor studies in Fine Art at Stellenbosch University. In the same year, she graduated with a Cum Laude and received the Fine Arts Award for Final Year Achievement. In 2021, she obtained a Bachelor’s Diploma in Textile Design from LUCA School of Arts in Ghent. Visser’s work has been exhibited in multiple galleries and institutions across South Africa and forms part of the Bloemhof Girls High School Art Collection, as well as private collections in both Belgium and Germany.
The artistic process informs the conceptualisation of Visser’s practice as she “makes her way into thinking”. Searching for a certain sensibility of direct, intuitive expression, she is captivated by the practice of weaving as both an art-making method and its conceptual capabilities. Her practice is grounded in an openness to uncertainty, as she navigates between controlling method and media, whilst also considering internal and external relationships between matter, time and space. She views this as a vital source of meaning-making, and as a means to explore the viability of sensory perception and embodied experience. Her slow methods of making are an indication of patience in learning; spending enough time with her chosen medium in order to grasp both its material and symbolic potency. There is a desire to know more about the self, the value of rhythm and gesture, and how thread may serve as a conduit through which to access a dimension beyond the purely visible or tangible.
"Relying on a desire for subtlety, sensitivity, effort and intricacy; my intention is to create spaces of intimate observation and reflection in which layered meanings reveal themselves."