PRINT Summer 1979

Angela Jansen, Printmaker

THE PRINTS OF ANGELA Bing Jansen reflect an apprehension of our modern Western world as a region that does not come up to human expectation. Inequality, mindless injustice and senseless brutality pervade this world, producing a spiritual affliction of unspeakable alienation, anxiety and anguish. This pain-filled territory is the same as that experienced and explored by modern writers and filmmakers such as Franz Kafka, Samuel Beckett and Ingmar Bergman. Like them, Jansen offers no hope, no release from despair; only perhaps a try at self-transcendence.

Jansen places her images squarely in the center of the sheet, where they confront us implacably. Stark black line and tone etching is her chosen medium. In this small format, within “this little world on a piece of paper,”1 she creates the forms that give life to her ideas, whether by a straightforward technique or with some needed variation.

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