Artist: Jane Yudelman

I was born in South Africa, grew up in England and now divide my time between Massachusetts and Maine. Having worked professionally for many years in poverty-alleviation programs around the world, I turn to photography to remind myself of the beauty that exists in a world of economic, social and political injustice. Initially my photography focused on discovering abstract expressions of beauty in the natural world. In more recent work, I have shifted my perspective toward an exploration of my own internal experiences, often drawing on upon pattern, geometry and color to do so. I see my work as an invitation to open our senses to new perceptions, an encounter with the boundlessness of inner and outer landscapes.

My work has been exhibited in galleries and museums across the United States. My images can be found in corporate collections in Maine and private collections in the United States and Europe.

Selected Exhibitions

Fort Wayne Museum of Art “The National: Best Contemporary Photography 2022”, Fort Wayne, IN

Beacon Street Gallery, “Collective Consciousness”, Brookline, MA
New York Center for Photographic Art, “Abstract” (Online)
Cove Street Arts, “Abstract Nature”, Portland, ME

Workspace Gallery, “Uncharted Geography”, Lincoln, NE (Solo Exhibition)

Thos. Moser, “Maine Viewpoints: Contemporary Photography and Paintings”, Freeport, ME
Beard and Weil Galleries, “Brush, Coat, Cover: 2019 Wheaton Biennial”, Norton, MA

Griffin Museum, “24th Annual Juried Exhibition”, Winchester, MA
Fort Wayne Museum of Art, “The National: Best Contemporary Photography 2018”, Fort Wayne, IN
Perspective Gallery, “Lens 2018”, Evanston, IL 

Catamount Arts, “Arts Connect”, St Johnsbury, VT
Griffin Museum at 530 Harrison Ave in SOWA, “Unscene”, Boston, MA
Coconino Center for the Arts, “NightVisions VI”, Flagstaff, AZ
555 Gallery, “Inherent Vitality”, Boston, MA
St Joseph’s College, “Sustaining the eARTh”, Standish, ME

Blue Line Arts, “Light Play”, Roseville, CA
Jadite Gallery, “Macro”, New York City, NY
University of Maine, “An Ordinary Day: Seeing the Unseen”, Belfast, ME

Fort Wayne Museum of Art, “The National: Best Contemporary Photography 2015”, Fort Wayne, IN
Kingman Gallery, “Solo Exhibition”, Deer Isle, ME
MDI Biological Lab, “Art Meets Science 2015”,  Bar Harbor, ME
Buddy Holly Center, “Illuminance”, Lubbock, TX
Harlow Gallery, “Art2015”, Hallowell, ME
The Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation, “Southworks 2015”, Watkinsville, GA
University Place Gallery, “Photography Now”, Cambridge, MA

Chico Art Center, “2014 National All Media Juried Exhibition”, Chico, CA
Kingman Gallery, Deer Isle, ME
LCAA Gallery, “National Juried Show”, Strasburg, PA
Boothbay Region Art Foundation Gallery, “Maine Photography Show 2014”, Boothbay, ME

Barrett Art Center, “New Directions ’13”, Poughkeepsie, NY
Academy of Fine Arts, “National Juried Photography Exhibition”, Lynchburg, VA
Lyceum Gallery, “Through the Lens”, Lewiston, ME
Danforth Art, “Community of Artists Annual Juried Exhibition 2013”,  Framingham, MA
Cole Art Center, “Texas National 2013”, Nacogdoches, TX
Chowan University, “National Juried Exhibition 2013” Murfreesboro, NC
MFA Circle Gallery, “Focal Point, 2013 Fine Art and Creative Photography”, Annapolis, MD

Yeiser Art Center, “Paducah Photo 2012”,  Paducah, KY
The Coastal Arts League, “Through a Lens: Vibrant, Half Moon Bay, CA
Lyceum Gallery, “Through the Lens”, Lewiston, ME
The PhotoPlace Gallery, “Abstract Expressions”, Middlebury, VT
Boothbay Region Arts Foundation, “Maine Art Photography Show 2012”, Boothbay, ME
The PhotoPlace Gallery, “The Four Seasons”, Middlebury, VT

Gallery 5, “Frozen in Time”, Lewiston, ME
Parent Gallery, Belfast, ME
Spurling House Gallery, Chapter Two, Corea, ME

Parent Gallery, Belfast, ME
Spurling House Gallery, Chapter Two, Corea, ME

Second Place New York Center for Photographic Art, “Abstract” (Online), 2021
Winner The Photo Review Competition, 2019
Artist Residency Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts, Saratoga, WY. 2018
Finalist Critical Mass. 2017
Grand Prize Jadite Gallery, “Macro”, New York City, NY. 2016
Honorable Mention Buddy Holly Center, “Illuminance”, Lubbock, TX. 2015
Best Photograph Harlow Gallery, “Art2015”, Hallowell, ME. 2015
Best in Show LCAA Gallery, “National Juried Show”, Strasburg, PA. 2014
Honorable Mention International Photography Awards, Fine Art: Abstract (Single Image) and Fine Art: Abstract (Series). 2013 Second Place Academy of Fine Arts, “National Juried Photography Exhibition”, Lynchburg, VA. 2013
Juror’s Merit Award (Abstract) International Fine Art Photography, “Grand Prix de la Découverte”, Paris, France. 2012
Honorable Mention Yeiser Art Center, “Paducah Photo”, Paducah, KY. 2012
Honorable Mention The Coastal Arts League, “Through a Lens: Vibrant” Half Moon. Bay, CA. 2012
Third Place (Color) Lyceum Gallery, “Through the Lens”, Lewiston, ME. 2012
Merit Award B&W and Color Magazine, “Color Single Image”, Issue 90. 2012 

Images for insight

Project Statement (2020-

This series is an invitation into my personal world. I use the contents of my home to explore the process of discovery that emerges when we observe closely—what we see from afar may not be what we see when we move closer. It is the movement between these scales of experience that interests me.

I work by constructing images out of multiple photographs taken from a specific location inside my home—the contents of a drawer, a medicine cabinet, a bookshelf. I arrange the photographs from each location by connecting forms, juxtaposing colour and using repetition in ways that emphasize a sense of rhythm and harmony between the individual pieces. 

The titles reflect my own relationship to the objects themselves—books suggest the issues I contemplate, hard drives the nature of memory, vintage DVDs the strength of attachment, food the desire for security. They also aim to engage the viewer in a conversation with the images by posing questions that invite self-reflection.

It is my hope that when the viewer crosses the threshold between far and near—when the abstract becomes real—they too will experience a moment of discovery upon suddenly recognising what has been in front of them all along.