Blush Photographs: 1988 - 2012
written by Janina Green
M.33 Publishing | ISBN 9780957955387
Hardback – 92 pages
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Blush brings together strands of Janina Green’s practice from 1988 to the present. The obsessions and themes which have underpinned her work meander together in a dream - like stream of consciousness to form a whole body of work which is simultaneously delicate, intimate, sensual and faintly disconcerting.
Green’s beautiful hand coloured portraits of young adults and images from the natural world sit beside her constructed photographs of domestic dysfunction and constructed narrative images dealing with childhood, motherhood, female friendship and fantasy. Running throughout are small punctuations of tiny moments of fragile beauty.
Sofia Ahlberg writing in an essay in the publication says: “Blush is writing on the body: instinctive, transparent, immediate. Suggestive of modesty, embarrassment, and shame, blushing has become the signifier of femininity. However, a blush is also something applied by women on their own bodies in order to enhance their womanliness and perhaps disguise something in the process.”
The work in Blush is embedded within a profoundly feminine sensibility and animated by Green’s curiosity about the way the camera obfuscates or clarifies reality.
Blush is writing on the body: instinctive, transparent, immediate. Suggestive of modesty, embarrassment, and shame, blushing has become the signifier of femininity. However, a blush is also something applied by women on their own bodies in order to enhance their womanliness and perhaps disguise something in the process. If blushing is at times an involuntary and awkward revelation of a hidden meaning, a buried subtext, it is also true that a blush applied by brush strokes disguises and confounds meaning. The act of blushing is thus simultaneously the exposure of the feminine, as well as the mischievous construction of femininity. This juxtaposition between disclosure and obscurity, nature and the artifice, distortion and candour frames Janina Green’s collection of photographs Blush, 1988-2010. Sofia Ahlberg
Janina Green’s work is held in a number of significant public collections including the National Gallery of Australia, the National Gallery of Victoria, the Monash Gallery of Art, the Art Gallery of South Australia, Horsham Regional Gallery, Griffith University, Gippsland Art Gallery and the Rotterdam Art Foundation in the Netherlands.