Gallerie Enfants Terribles: Jane Juel Jensen

With each new issue of our magazine we feature three artists in our banner space gallery. Our first featured artist for the Snow Queen issue is the outstanding illustrator and Art Director Jane Juel Jensen.

Jane Juel Jensen. 39. Art Director and illustrator. Jane lives with her boyfriend and a little daughter in Aarhus, Denmark.

When I started at Design School Kolding, the Department of Illustration, I was sure that I would end up illustrating childrens books, but after graduating I was torn between doing graphic design or doing illustrations. Two disciplines that interested me equally, so what was I to choose? The choice was kind of made for me, because right out of school I got a job doing marketing for a fashion house. So graphic design was to be my livelihood, and today I work at an ad agency. Illustration and graphic design still interest me equally, and I paint and draw in my spare time. 

3 most important things to you when working? 
To be playful, to use mistakes and errors  constructively and to follow my gut.
Fortunately the line between illustration, art and graphic design are not always that clear, and I now find that my broader interests and skill sets is a strength, as opposed to the frustration of having to choose one or the other. I am never bored! I always want to refine, develop and improve my work. My head is filled with designs, shapes and colors - there is just not enough hours in a day to get them all on paper. Worst thing about doing what I do is when you find yourself stuck in the developing process with a deadline approaching.

What are your future ambitons professionally?
To illustrate poetry, do print designs for fashion and home decor, decorate shops - fashion shows - buildings etc., exhibit my art and I could go on... I most certainly want to continue designing and illustrating, and hopefully one day there will be more time for my own projects. 

What makes you very happy?
When I forget time and place and lose myself in the work. It gives me an adrenalin kick when I get a breakthrough, and things take shape and falls into place. I also love the energy of good teamwork, where people inspire each other and work for a common goal. 

When I think of the story of the Snow Queen I think of fragility, childhood innocence, transition from childhood to adulthood, beauty, helplessness, longing, roughness, the unsaid and love. The fairy tale has many layers, and it speaks to both children and adults. It is at the same time mysterious, beautiful, innocent and serious. I find it exciting to work with the character’s psyche and feelings, and all the things that are not being said.

Favorite fairytale?
The original version of The Little Mermaid. As children me and my siblings were begging our grandmother to read it over and over again, even though we always ended up crying. Every time she read the story I hoped that this time the mermaid would make it and marry the prince, but of course it never happened. The fairy tale made a big impression back then, and is now a dear memory about presence, about togetherness and about a grandmother reading to her grandchildren.

Jane created these three delicate artworks for us with the theme of the Snow Queen, one of which is in the newly published magazine.