Adelaide-based installation artist Jane Skeer is smitten by Fort Kochi
Published at : 16 Dec 2020
Kochi: Strolling along the heritage quarter of Fort Kochi, Adelaide-based installation artist Jane Skeer soaks in the diverse lifestyles and colours that animate its streets. While these may hold no novelty for us, to the late bloomer who discovered art at the age of 47 as a mother of four enrolled in the Adelaide Central School of Art, it presents an entirely different universe. She is tearful at the prospect of having to leave Kochi after enjoying a month here as the first beneficiary of Kochi Biennale Foundation-Adelaide Residency Exchange. The residency offers artists the opportunity to unleash their creative potential by being opposed to an alien cultural milieu. As part of this exchange, Malayalee photographer K R Sunil and Baroda-based Sabyasachi Bhattacharjee, who works primarily with animation and collage, will leave for Adelaide in April. Jane predominately works in sculpture and site-specific installation, responding creatively to people, objects and materiality. She re-fashions quotidian objects imbued with their associated sensory/haptic memories, revealing their innate vitality.