Janette Cervin attended Unitec Institute of Technology, graduating in 2010 with a Bachelor of Visual Communication before embarking on a Masters of Design (majoring in Painting), which she completed in 2013.
Cervin’s parent’s family business was centred around a flourishing flower nursery and a lifelong fascination with both the craft of floral painting and the use of the flower in art and cultural rituals have lead to her investigation of the flower as both compositional device and subject matter in her work.
Cervin’s work can be read on multiple levels. As an adoption of 16th century Vanitas themes in a 21st century discourse, Cervin’s use of the floral as a motif stands as an emblem of the transience of life and the ephemeral nature of objects in a society driven by a perpetual cycle of production and consumption.
Her layered flora and fauna paintings are created on large-scale industrial aluminized surfaces. She is interested in the juxtaposition between the hard metal surfaces and the way in which the paint can be manipulated allowing images to slip and slide effortlessly, connecting and layering flora and fauna together.
These works celebrate a collaboration of the traditionally feminine domestic space and a more ambitious contemporary approach to painting.
Cervin was a finalist in the 2012 and 2013 Molly Morpeth Canaday Art Awards, a finalist in the 2011 and 2012 Waitakere Art Awards (winning the ‘Still Life’ category of the 2011 competition, and top painting award 2013) and a finalist in the 2012 and 2013 Waikato Art Awards (taking out the People’s Choice award both years running). She continues to exhibit and produce work from her Warkworth studio.