Janet Towbin (Paradise Valley, AZ) creates complexly layered etchings and lithographs that are rich with obsessive patterning and repetitive detail. Her unceasing, relentless manner of drawing seems to mark time and its passing, and demonstrates a fascination with the growth patterns of natural organisms. In some cases the lines become crystallized forms, like responses to a complex algorithm. In others they verge into chaos, stemming less from logic and more from intuition.
Towbin attended the University of Cincinnati and has taught at Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia and Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh. She has exhibited nationally including solo exhibitions at the Abington Art Center, Jenkintown, PA; Tadu Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, NM and Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH. Her work is in several public and private collections including The Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA; The Westmoreland Museum of American Art, Greensburg, PA and Arcadia University, Glenside, PA. She was included in The Print Center’s 81st Annual International Competition: Printmaking in 2007 and had a solo show at The Print Center in 2008.