Janice Hathaway

Many contemporary artists claim to be influenced by Surrealism, but Janice Hathaway is the real deal. A leading light of the contemporary American Surrealist movement, she entered the scene in 1973 when she joined the Raudelunas, TransMuseq and Glass Veal groups in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Hathaway’s painterly photo-collages create living moments in imaginary situations. Using her own photographs of landscapes, flowers and historical artifacts, she cuts, blends and paints in Photoshop with an approach that reflects Old Master composition and lighting. She had a solo exhibition in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, in 2016, is a key figure in the upcoming publication Pataphysics and Surrealism in Alabama (University of Alabama Press), and also appears in Icepick to the Moon, a film about the early Alabama groups released in 2018.

She is currently a member of the Fresh Dirt group and continues to collaborate with Surrealists worldwide.

Fresh Dirt
Janice in a hat

To be a surrealist means barring from your mind all remembrance of what you have seen, and being always on the lookout for what has never been.

Rene Magritte