My work explores an internal world where memories and emotions bubble up to the surface. The sculptures, installations and paintings that I make are a way of processing everyday experiences like the feelings of joy and messiness of being a mother, the anxiety of sickness and the stress trying to hold it all together in an increasingly precarious world.
Pattern and repetition are central to my work. Repeated marks and motifs in drawings, or the masses of soft pink forms in installations, are a metaphor for the labour of caring. It is work that seems to be on a never ending but constantly overlooked loop. It is monotonous but somehow miraculous in its skill.
All the time female and maternal body is never far away. Soft sculpture installations suggest raw flesh that is uncomfortably squashed and compressed. Sometimes the shape of a body, or an imagined internal view is seen in the work. It is most often a body that is under attack, a body being probed or sick or leaking and somehow not quite able to contain itself.
Recent works reference bodily processes at a microscopic level where cells mutate, viruses multiply, and diseases threaten to engulf. We are reminded of the fragility of our existence, and our interdependence with a multiverse of organisms that we don’t yet understand.
I live and work in London. I received her MFA from Goldsmiths in 2017, winning the Warden’s Art Prize that year. My work is held in various private and public collections including Goldsmiths College Collection. I was awarded the first Elephant Residency at Griffin Studios in 2017 and was recently shortlisted for the Denton Prize.
M.F.A Fine Art University of London – Goldsmiths College 2017
M.A. Applied Anthropology and Youth and Community Work University of London - Goldsmiths College 1995
B.A. Hons Fine Art 2.1, University of Leeds 1986
Exhibitions and Awards
2022 Before the moon I am, Hoxton Arches, London
2021 Shortlisted for the Denton Art Prize 10, London
2020 Hell or Highwater, Lightvessel21, Gravesend, Kent
Fuzzy Objects, San Mei Gallery, Brixton, London
2019 Afterhours, San Mei Gallery, Brixton, London
2018 Waiting Room, Deptford x Fringe, First Floor waiting area, Waldron Health Centre, London
Entitled, The Spike, Bristol
Substrate,No Format Gallery, Deptford London
2017 Guest Artist APT Open Studios, London
MFA Degree Show, Goldsmiths College
Wardens Purchase Prize, Goldsmiths College, London
Mothership 2, Bruton Arts Factory, Bruton Somerset
2016 Mothership, The Sawmills, Wandsworth, London
2014 Safespace, The Shipwright's Palace, Deptford, London
Let me go to the window, Harts Lane Studios, New Cross, London
2013 Otherworldly, Harts Lane Studios, New Cross, London
Light Houses, Telegraph Hill Film Festival, New Cross, London
2011 Small things, big thoughts, 2 Woman Show, Deptford X Fringe Programme
100 pictures 100 words, The Hill Station, Telegraph Hill, London
2010 Telegraph Hill Festival, London
2007 Recent Fruit, Paul Mcpherson Gallery, Greenwich, London
2006 Six, Paul Mcpherson Gallery, Greenwich, London
Residencies and Creative engagement projects
2018-21 Vincent’s Treasures and other creative education projects with local schools and youth groups at Van Gogh House and San Mei Gallery in London
2017-18 Elephant Residency - painting residency with Elephant Magazine hosted by Griffin Studios at Colarts, West London
2010-11 Airborne Families - design and delivery of creative evaluation workshops for Scarabeus Aerial Theatre Company
2006 Changing Spaces, Discover/ Maryland Primary School, Newham, London
2010 Tate Modern / Southwark Adult and Family Learning Service - short course for “hard to reach” families with young children aimed at increasing their access to the collection: Artist Educator
2010 Be in the Know – Young Leaders Magazine Bermonsdey Street, London SE1
2009 Change Schools Programme, Chingford Community School/ A New Direction
2007-9 Visual Arts Residency/ Family Learning workshop leader Rotherhithe Primary School, Southwark/ Café Gallery Southwark Park
2008 Green Team Mural Project, St Andrew’s School Islington, London
Walsh, Roxy: Amitie, in Fuzzy Objects: Amitie, June 2020
Sundby, Stephanie Serrano. «Det vokser, formeres og spres: En essayistisk analyse av ulike former for fysisk vekst.» Periskop - Forum for Kunsthistorisk Debat, nr. 22. (2019): 114 -119.
Why are we still in the cracks? Pp10-14, Still We Rise: Art Within the Cracks: Vol 1, December 2019
Janet Currier: Motherhood and Microbiology, pp 88-89,Elephant Magazine, Issue 35, summer 2018
5 Questions with Janet Currier– Emily Steer for Elephant: https://elephant.art/5-questions-with-janet-currier/#.WgC91RD5DHk.facebook
In conversation with Mothership, December 2016 in Curating the Contemporary,
Mothership – celebrating the Role of the Mother Artist, Mothership exhibition review in Life as a human, January 24th2017, by AJ Delany and Alix Mortimer