Jane Tardo’s work is a handmade exploration of alternative approaches to life created through their projects as an inventor, sculptor, and designer. Their work brings ever joyful solutions to daily troubles and creates absurd leisure activities to prompt reflection on the seams of reality and fantasy. Dream-like and unrestrained, Tardo captures a fantasy world inspired by the perplexity of meaning and the ludicrousness of reality.
The utopic “Adventure Cattery Quilt Show” is a series of textile tapestries. Using applique, collage, and quilting techniques, this work centers around hope, companionship, the love of cats and nature. They are the ultimate, flowery, surreal fantasy escapist relationships with the people we want to be, the places we want to go, the days that aren’t too hot or too cold, where flowers are always in bloom, and there are no biting bugs.
Jane Tardo is a sculptor, fiber and mixed media artist born and based in New Orleans. Experimenting with many visual and physical techniques, their practice is surreal, wacky and diverse, incorporating imaginative sculptures, textile art, and technologies in both two-dimensional and three-dimensional works.
Tardo’s work has been exhibited both locally and nationally. Most recently they had a solo exhibition at the FRONT Gallery in New Orleans. In January 2022, they were awarded 2nd prize for Cat Island Adventure in “Surreal Salon 14” at Baton Rouge Gallery. In October 2021, they showcased a mobile interactive performance installation: Haunted Hearse Snake Tube Adventure Ride. Tardo earned their MFA in Sculpture from the University of New Orleans in 2020. They served as a digital resident at Southern Heat Exchange and was a grant recipient of Colloqate Design. Their work has been written about in The Times-Picayune, Antigravity Magazine, The Art Newspaper, Art News, and Pelican Bomb.