Jane in Vain Winkelman: 1949 - May 30, 2012
Our friend for many years, Jane was a very private person who struggled with day to day living, while turning out these amazing political statements on Arch's paper. We were fortunate to have met her when she returned from what she considered an "exile" in Miami to her adopted home of San Francisco. She'd once been given a start at the homeless project there, doing covers for the Street Sheet, a periodical sold on the sidewalks of SF to benefit homeless projects.
That is where Jane found her voice...and she used it extensively to shout her objections to all life's unfairness in the brightest colors of the rainbow. One can only imagine the joy ride she'd have in todays political climate! Jane, you are missed.
In the words of Candice Russell of Raw Vision:...Political, aggressive, and fiercely expressive of social issues, the paintings of Jane-in-Vain Winkelman extend the parameters of contemporary Outsider Art. ‘People think the work is sweet,’ says the artist in her tiny Miami Beach, Florida apartment where she can sit on her bed and touch her refrigerator. ‘But if they actually look, it says something.’ She’s a missionary with a paintbrush railing against government corruption, corporate greed, Republicans like Newt Gingrich, and policies that further limit the poor, of which she counts herself a member. Beyond her images, she uses words to convey her grim sentiments. Her targets are clearly spelled out, as in Beast of Retribution (1995): ‘The ride for some especially the rich is free upon the broken backs of fools like you & me.’
Read the full article in: Raw Vision #44