Jan has a deep interest in the narratives of myth and legend and she brings the same transformative story telling to her image making. It is no accident that she chooses to use a pinhole camera to make these works. The dreamy and ethereal quality of pinhole photography is a perfect expression of Jan's personal fairy tales.
Using her own memories and daydreams as inspiration, Jan starts making her art by constructing intricate table top models and sets. Working intuitively, responding to ideas as they come to her, she slowly builds a space, playing with creating windows and light wells, experimenting with paint and coloured wall paper until she is happy with the room.
Built just to be photographed these domestic spaces must fulfil a visual potential and it isn't until she has taken the photograph that she can assess the success of her fictional spaces.
With no intention of fooling the viewer Jan makes it clear that these spaces can't be real. Rather she plays with ideas inherent in magical realism where the tension between fiction and reality creates the intrigue and is the very basis of the attraction of this style of work.