JANNA WHEELER
Revealing the UnacknowledgedPaintingsDrawings PrintsInstallations
I seek out mundane, pre-existing scenes and ordinary objects as foundations for my art. This allows me to explore the beauty that I find in textures, lights and shadows as well as challenge my skills within the trompe l’oeil style. My process demands considerations regarding not only visual quality, but also the concepts that drive viewer engagement.

Traditional trompe l’oeil demands an attempt to destroy the frame, but I choose to investigate contradictions in my work: the contradiction in attempting to create high realism and subtly revealing the illusion, and the contradiction of presenting the mundane and ordinary upon the prestigious stage of the museum or gallery. There is a particular reaction that I aim to entice out of the viewer: the moment of realization that my artwork is an illusion, rather than reality. I delight in the viewer’s sudden discovery of individual marks or certain disruptive elements in my work.