|Jane Hammond, Barry Shwabsky
Suite of four paintings
24" x 18"
Courtesy of Galerie LeLong, New York, NY
1. Look forward and backward.
2. Try counting the pips you can’t see.
3. Get your outfit ready for Eden.
4. Let music fade into the air.
Artist Jane Hammond and Poet Barry Schwabsky
Jane Hammond’s intention was to create a genuine synergy between images and words. Therefore, the
images could not be complete in themselves—they had to leave room for the words. Additionally, she
felt that the images should not precede the words in every case—it should work both ways. So in the
first two cases she made images and showed them to Schwabsky. Schwabsky then created a four part
text—not a two part text. So, in the third and fourth case, the language preceded the images.
Hammond reflects that, “of course, I think we were also both working towards some feeling of a set—a
unity of the four images together into a larger whole.”