Spells and Incantations
Lithograph and silkscreen with gold leaf and chine-collon paper, hand-cut and assembled, 10/45
60 1/2 X 18 3/4 X 7 1/2" OVERALL
Jane Hammond is best known for her paintings and prints that use a lexicon of 276 images, derived from commercial typography, tattoos, cartoons, ornamental graphics and period illustrations. These images recur throughout her body of work but are combined in myriad ways to create different effects and thereby manifest unique meanings. Spells and Incantations is a biographical work that incorporates a portrait of the artist and references Hammonds personal, familial memories. I was dreaming a lot about my grandmother. I spent much of my childhood with her and she spent much of her childhood in Egypt. I grew up around stories, photographs and objects from this faraway place.I have always wanted to make an Egyptian-based piece for some time using my lexicon of found images in a hieroglyphic context. I think of this piece as an amulet for propitious things in the journey of this life and beyond. Dated at bottom center; title at lower right, signed at lower left.
b. United State, 1950
Gift of Kevin and Lotte Roache
HAMMOND, JANE and b. United State, 1950, “HAMMOND, Jane,” UCSB ADA Museum Omeka, accessed March 28, 2023, http://art-collections.museum.ucsb.edu/items/show/7640.