Janne Malmros’ work is characterised by strong interests in botany, entomology, geometry, history, folklore and pattern. Investigation, experimentation and installation each play an important part in her work, where the choice of materials is informed by the research and concept underlying each individual project. The printed element is often the starting point for a three-dimensional work; screen printing, woodblock and printed fabric are frequently only the blueprint for a practice that employs careful cutting and folding to explore the potential of repeated pattern, volume, space, surface and shadow. Sometimes the repetition occurs within the confines of a single piece as in the on going series Truncated Elements and Shifts & Contrivances, which employs versions of a repeating pattern. Through this process something new emerges and the make-up of a range of objects is unravelled.
Malmros uses assemblage, adaptation and repetition in a range of media including drawing, print-making, animation, collage and elements of photographic and sculptural processes. She knows, as the curator Simon Gould puts it, “where to stand to get the best view. Whether working with the magnitude of an entire archive of prints and drawings, a floral dress or even a simple shape, Janne manages to find ways in which to pique curiosity and allow her audience both aesthetic and intellectual satisfaction.”
Janne Malmros' work is included in the new Thames & Hudson book - Nature Morte: Contemporary Artists Reinvigorate the Still Life Tradition - by Michael Petry. She is currently an artist in residence at the Florence Nightingale Museum in London – as part of this she will travel to Afghanistan later this year.