Janet Morton works with contrasting materials, both permanent and impermanent. She uses repeating patterns, recently triangles and rectangles to build 3D sculptures from 2D planes. The repetitive structure of elementary forms and materials builds on geometrical themes and the latent energies of balance and gravity. One theory that informs her practice is Arte Povera which embraced ideas of weight, balance, gravity and science, and where the viewer has an integral connection with the work.
She uses materials for their ways of appearing and being. The raw materials have some autonomy. All works involve the positioning of planes that do not intersect. She plays with weight, tactility, texture, stretchiness, balance and rigidity. Her processes are based on Richard Serra's list. The materials are changed by the use of heat. She has worked in a range of scales.
Janet Morton's work explores the different sensual qualities of materials in opposition such as the contrast between flimsy impermanent polythene fabric and rigid permanent solid metal rods. The raw materials are changed by the use of heat. There is a repetitive structure of elementary forms built up from two-dimensional triangular or rectangular shapes to form large sculptures of three dimensions as a human-sized material presence.
The sculptures play with the latent energies of balance and gravity. They are dynamic in that the pieces appear to fly away from each other. She also works with metal alone such as bronze, exaggerating the surfaces with polishing and patination.