Artist Statement

"I am interested in those times when the walls that seem to separate us dissolve". Janet Slom

Janet Slom grew up in South Africa during Apartheid on a vast flower farm, and so, from the very beginning, she was surrounded by beauty as well as a keen awareness of humanity's immense suffering and longing. Her father created Shambhala as a learning center for Eastern philosophy, inspired by the legendary Himalayan kingdom and Tibetan belief that a harmonious and meaningful life are possible through gentleness, courage, self-knowledge and freedom. Ms. Slom is a painter, and installation and performance artist. She creates powerful images that reverberate with the rhythms of nature and life, exploring the dance of opposing forces. Her solo and group exhibitions have taken place at venues including the United Nations (NYC), Lincoln Center (NYC), the Adelson Gallery (NYC), Kohn Pederson Fox Gallery (NYC), Everard Read Gallery (Cape Town, South Africa), and Frank Pages Gallery (Baden-Baden, Germany). Her paintings are in collections internationally, including the South Africa Parliament (Cape Town, South Africa). She studied at the University of Witwatersrand (South Africa), and earned her MFA from the Massachusetts College of Art (Boston, MA). Ms. Slom has taught extensively and is currently on the faculty of Lehigh University's Lacocca Institute. she maintains studios in Hollywood FL and Bridgeport CT.

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