Janet Lees

House painter's table, Douglas, Isle of Man

An unexpected discovery, Castillo de Santa Barbara, Lanzarote

Helpfully spelled out graffiti, Ellesmere Port

Walking along by the beach I used to play on as a child, I looked down...Port Erin, Isle of Man

Reflected light on a wall, Douglas, Isle of Man

Plaster salts singing out of a dark wall like tiny static lightning flashes. Douglas, Isle of Man

Unexpectedly tender pavement signage, Lorient, France

Self-portrait: reflection in a cafe window, Portsmouth Pier

Cracked wall with nictotined mural, Bristol


Two naked mannequins on top of pallet towers, watching the world go by in Lorient, France

Football practice area, El Golfo, Lanzarote

A partially fenced-off piece of sky, Douglas, Isle of Man

Wrapped statue, Hampton Court Palace gardens, Surrey

Offshore wind turbines, Irish Sea

Plastic trash caught on telegraph wires, Ellesmere Port

Graffiti paint splashes at derelict sports ground, Costa Teguise, Lanzarote

Wintry tree shadows on the side of a house, Portsmouth

Reflection of town in painted-over window of empty shop, Oxford

Self-portrait: reflection in puddle, Great Haywood

Janet Lees

I’m an artist and poet, working mainly with photography, film and collage. I love working across different art forms and collaborating with other artists, musicians and performers. My photographic work could be described as a kind of recycling of perception. I’m endlessly fascinated by the marks we make on the world and the poignancy and comedy that arise as they disintegrate. I love walking by the sea and in the mountains. Equally I have a passion for stalking urban hinterlands to find humanity on the street, in cracked walls and rotting signs, in trashed canals, in the cathedral-like spaces of abandoned buildings. This way of seeing also helps me to be in the world without turning away from the devastation that’s all around us.

In summer 2018 I was the visual artist representing the Isle of Man at the Festival Interceltique in Lorient, France. This was followed by a solo show in the island, ‘Evidence of humanity’, in the autumn. At the same time I was lucky enough to have an image selected for ‘Out of the Ordinary’ exhibition at the Bridewell Theatre in London. My film-based works have been selected for international festivals and prizes including the Aesthetica Art Prize and Filmpoem, and my poetry is widely published and anthologised around the world.


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