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About the Artist

“Live every day like it could be your last… But never stop believing in tomorrow. “

 

 

Award winning artist, Janet Jordan MD, combines those two phrases to emphasize the contrecoup nature of life, possessing both extraordinary beauty and heartbreaking fragility.  As an Emergency Physician, her curious transition from doctor to artist reflects her innate talent and recognition of the universal healing power of art. She describes her long career in medicine as a study on the human condition, with joy and sorrow on full display. Turning to figurative sculpting to seek balance and quiet her mind it helps her synthesize and express all that she experiences.  She explains, “In discovering a love for figurative sculpting, I found a way to combine my fascination with anatomy and my desire to express cherished enlightenments accrued throughout life.” 

 

Jordan reveals her soulful inner world of magical beauty with her body of work completed in the lost wax bronze process.  Her initial sculpt is in oil-based clay which she finds very forgiving.  She laughs, “If you don’t like the way something looks, you can just slice it off and do it over again.  It’s not that way in the ER.”  She does find that her quiet, creative time in the studio, helps her maintain a sense of calm in her work life as a physician.   

Her series of 24” bronze “Muses” spans from whimsical carnival performers to fantasy/mythological characters. Although each piece will make you smile, the message conveyed represents a pearl of wisdom, with a hint for the viewer provided in the title. "Greyhound Bus Stop" is a lesson in mindfulness, as a retired racing greyhound tugs at her leash to slow down her human, who is racing through life too fast.  Both are on roller skates.   Her beautiful carnival jugglers have an encounter, as the male is retrieving the third juggling ball for his female partner.  “Gallantry Takes Balls".  Collectors have described her pieces as “both strong and vulnerable” while the humor in her titles is subtle. Her art nouveau style, with curves, symmetry, and frill reflects her extensive study internationally, focusing on Mucha in Prague and  Klimt and Schile in Vienna.

“Loved and Endangered Species”, her second body of work, was strengthened by her travels to South Africa, Zambia and Botswana.  Safari game drives at private reserves allowed close up encounters and animal sightings in the vast wilderness of their natural habitat.   Her elephant pieces were inspired by both their beauty and high emotional intelligence.  In watching elephant behavior, “Legacy” represents the social and ritualistic behavior as elephants mourn their dead.  “A Bull Musth Scratch His Itch” depicts a strong male elephant, scratching his neck aggressively against a tree as he searches for a mate.  When a bull is in heat, this is called “musth.”

Currently, she enjoys her days sculpting at her studio on Table Rock Lake, Branson, MO. Surrounded by beautiful table formations of limestone, she frequently scavenges the shoreline, finding beautiful rocks and driftwood, using them as bases for her bronzes.  “Doc on the Rock”, her lake view studio, is filled with dogs, flowers, guitars, and loud singer/songwriter music.  She describes figurative sculpting as a beautiful language to express what her eyes see and her heart feels.

 

Artist Statement

As a child, I regularly carved turtles and elephants from new bars of Ivory Soap. My sister and I sewed tiny detailed doll clothes for our Betsy McCall Dolls.  Between tap dancing and basement recitals, I spent the majority of my childhood in this imaginary world.  But in the '60s, art was not appreciated as a profession or productive way of life.  So, I picked the path of science and healthcare.  But artists are “feelers and empaths.”  Well, so are most health care providers.  My path to Emergency Medicine was wrapped with a bow.

There is a reason they call it the “Art of Medicine.”  Many times, my intuitive senses have been just as important as my diagnostic prowess. Increased sensory awareness and unbridled empathy make for a good doctor and artist. So, my path has not been as circuitous as it might seem. Returning to the visual arts 14 years ago was natural, intuitive and healing for me.  Art has nurtured my passion for anatomy and kinesiology, and given me a platform to study and excel in accuracy.  

While sculpting, I find myself in a world that is timeless and full of joy.  I reconcile the past, anticipate the future, and appreciate the oneness and wonder of this world.  It is my version of mindfulness.  My subject matter tugs at my heartstrings and my pieces are endearing to me.  The clay tells me where to go and what to do next. My perfectionism is relentless and always wins out.    Titles emerge throughout the process and I write each one on the armature board.  Each piece tells me when it is finished if I pay attention. In the end, I step back, bargaining with my perfectionist one last time, and select the best title. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Resumé

Art Education

2019 -2000 Studied The Great Masters through European Travel

Rome, Florence, Venice, Italy

Paris, France

Antwerp, Belgium, Studied animal sculpture of Rembrandt Bugatti

Vienna, Austria Studied the art of Klimt &Schile

Prague,Czech Republic Studied art of Mucha

2019 Studied Endangered Species

South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe private wild game reserve

2017 Beth Cavener, Sculpting Gestures in Animals, Helena, Montana

2017-2014 Alyson Stanfield Art Biz Success Course

2016- 2006 Lincoln Fox Figurative Sculpting

2016-2014 2Sculpt Stone Sculpting workshop, Sculpting alabaster and marble, Lawrence, KS

2014  Louise Peterson Sculpting the Dog, Brookgreen Gardens, South Carolina

2011 Sandy Scott Sculpting the Bird in Flight, Brookgreen Gardens, South Carolina

2010 Vala Ola, Sculpting the Female Figure, Scottsdale Artists’ School, Scottsdale, AZ

2008 Philippe Faraut Portrait Sculpting, Lawrence, Kansas

Exhibitions

2020 Juried in to the Sedona Arts Festival

2019 Presentation “Sculpting Life’s Lessons” Springfield Regional Arts Council, Springfield Art Museum

2019-2015 Springfield Regional Arts Council, Juried Exhibition

2018-2017 Stone County Art Studio Tour, Juried Exhibition, Stone County, MO

2017 Southwest Missouri Museum Association, Springfield Art Museum

2017 Hollister Grape & Fall Festival, Juried Exhibition, Hollister, MO

2016 Farmer’s Park Art Show, Juried Exhibition, Springfield, MO

2015 Fundraiser for Officer Aaron Person, Springfield Police Officer shot in line of duty

2014-2016 Fresh Art Gallery, Juried Co-Op Artist Operated Art Gallery, Springfield, MO

2014 Waverly House Gifts & Gallery

Awards

2020 Panelist for selection of award recipient, Janet Jordan Special Recognition Award, Spirit of Resilience, Manhattan Arts International

 

2019 Featured Artist Award in the “Her Story” Exhibition

Manhattan Arts International Inc.

 

2019 Denisa Prochazka Special Recognition Award, Sculptor

 

2016 Best of Show Award, Open Juried Competition

Fresh Art Gallery, Springfield, MO

“I’ll Fly Away”

 

2015 Juried Show Exhibit “At Play”

Springfield Regional Arts Council

“Greyhound Bus Stop”

 

2014 Honorable Mention, Open Juried Competition

Fresh Art Gallery, Springfield, MO

“Leap Frog” Lost Wax Bronze

 

2014 Best of Show

Waverly Art Gallery    

“Surface Tension”

Art Publications

2019 Green County Medical Society Journal, “Emergency Medicine and Sculpting” by Dr. Jim Blaine

2016 Featured Artist Article by Camille Dautrich

2015 Springfield News Leader Featured Artist Article by Camille Dautrich

Memberships

Manhattan Arts International

Springfield Regional Arts Council

Patron Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas

SMMA Southwest Missouri Museum Association

National Sculpture Society

Created to Thrive Mentoring Program

Prairie Sculpture League, Lawrence, KS

 Society of Animal Artists

Higher Education

1991 Board Certification Emergency Medicine

1987 Doctorate of Medicine, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas

1980-1983 Assistant Professor in Applied Anatomy/ Kinesiology, University of Kansas

1980-1983 Studied Human Biology for Pre-med requirements

1977 BFA Occupational Therapy, University of Kansas

 

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