JEANETTE KROHN - “STUDIO SPHINX IN A TUTU”
Jeanette had the great, good fortune to have been born at North Head
by Sydney Harbour and raised on the edge of the ancient ‘bush’ of the
Hawkesbury Sandstone Region, where the family home looked back
toward the Norfolk Pines of Manly Beach. Such a nature wilderness
wonderland playground, with creeks, waterfalls, rocks, caves, wild
flowers, mud flats, etc., inspired spontaneous sculptural arrangements
at an early age. A relationship with nature has remained the constant
context of her life and as an Animist and Sculptress, what she holds
After a career in Dance and Theatre, that spanned 30 years, Jeanette
discovered Sculpture and completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1995,
Majoring in Sculpture, at Monash University, Melbourne. With a Post-
Graduate Degree in Arts Therapy, she has also practised as an Arts
Therapist for 10 years.
Sculpture, has been an inevitable progression from dance for Jeanette.
The movement of form in space with Sculpture reflects the more kinetic
movement of Dance. Just as Theatre can be unifying and evocative for
both performers and audience, so can Sculpture. Confounding
conformity and bi-passing pre-conceived prejudices, is the domain of
the Arts that most interests Jeanette, particularly in the arena of
Environmental Sculpture. She seeks both meaning making and a
message in her work - particularly about environmental issues.
Jeanette hunts many found objects in nature, weathered detritus of
wood, metal and stone to combine with made objects. Favouring ‘lost
wax’ casting, in bronze and aluminium, enables the built form to be
constructed directly upon the ‘found object’, organically melding the
relationship between the two. Whether by ceramics, carving, welding or
constructing with wood, metal and stone or casting in newspaper,
plaster, resin, aluminium and bronze – finished with paint, resins, hot
branding, patinas and glazes – Jeanette like’s to mix media and expose
the relationship between sculptural objects in space.
Like a Sphinx in a Tutu
laid in her own egg,
pierced with her own horns,
on a two way street
between life and death
1994 - ‘Angel Sword’ – bronze figurine.
1995 - ‘Trance Dancers’ – 3 bronze figurines. Monash University,
Graduate Sculpture Exhibition.
1996 - ‘Capricorn’ – bronze figurine, commission from Germany.
1996 - ‘Blue Guardians’ – 2 caste aluminium figures aligned with 6
ultramarine blue polyurethane resin figures.
2008 - ‘Dancing Dress’ - Private collection – Byron Bay Writer’s Festival
– inlaid and over glaze ceramic.
2008 - ‘Bridget’ - Private collection – Byron Bay Writer’s Festival - cold
caste bronze nude.
2010 - ‘Post-Tree Museum’ - Private collection – ‘ArtsCape Biennial’
Byron Bay – antique hardwood fence posts, steel footings, hot caste
2009 – 2010 – 8 edition nudes sold – ‘Bridget’ and ‘Kelly’ – cold caste
bronze – Retrospect Gallery, Byron Bay.