Jane Szabo is a Los Angeles based fine art photographer with an MFA from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. Her work investigates issues of self and identity. Using self-portraiture and still life as a vehicle to share stories from her life, her work merges her love for fabrication and materials, with conceptual photography. Szabo brings many facets of visual art into her photographic projects, incorporating sculptural, performance and installation elements into her work. Her imagery is often infused with humor and wonder. Her background in the film industry, creating prop and miniatures for theme parks, and overseeing set construction for film and television, undoubtedly informs her creative process.
Szabo’s work is in the permanent collection of the Los Angeles Museum of Art (LACMA), the Museum of Art & History (MOAH) and her photography has been exhibited widely, including solo shows at the Museum of Art & History in Lancaster, CA, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Yuma Fine Art Center in Arizona, and Los Angeles Center for Digital Art. Her work has been included in exhibitions at Oceanside Museum of Art, the Griffin Museum of Photography, The Colorado Center for Photographic Arts, San Diego Art Institute, Los Angeles Center for Photography, Tilt Gallery in Arizona, Houston Center for Photography in Texas, Gallery 825 in Los Angeles, the Kaohsiung International Photographer Exhibition in Taiwan and fotofever in Paris, France.
Her photographs have been featured in many publications and blogs including: The Huffington Post, Lenscratch, Silvershotz, Mono Chroma, Bokeh Bokeh, L’Oeil de la Photographie, F-Stop Magazine, Foto Relevance, Fraction, Your Daily Photo, A Photo Editor, Don't Take Pictures, Art & Cake, Diversions LA, Greater and Grander and more.
Jane Szabo’s series, Sense of Self, explores the artist’s struggle to maintain a rigid sense of order upon herself and her environment. The work is viewed sequentially and shows the breakdown of structure. This collapse is symbolic of the release that the burden of perfection holds and an attempt (and failure) to contain chaos. This sequence parallels her personal struggles and sense of identity. Unfortunately, this self-imposed rigid sense of order, a self that wants to grid, to sort, to map, to control, conflicts with her need to escape from such oppressive self-regulation.
In the series Reconstructing Self, Szabo merges fabrications with conceptual photography in this series of self-portraits, playfully exploring issues of identity in an ambitious juxtaposition of fashion, sculpture, installation and photography. Photographs of dresses, made from familiar objects such as dental x-rays, coffee filters and road maps, suggest a persona, and become a stand-in for the artist’s self. In both Reconstructing Self and Family Matters, Szabo assembles materials from her life, pairing objects to create a story.
Family Matters is a deep look at her relationship with family, created as her elderly parents faced a daunting move from the family home into assisted living, a series of strokes, memory loss and the decline of their cognitive abilities. Using childhood possessions, and simple items that have been in the family for years, Szabo created tableaus that hint at complicated family dynamics. The presentation of these objects is not merely a catalog of possessions, but a catalog of feelings, of pain and disappointment, hope, loss and burden.