About the Artist

(Bio)

“Live everyday like it could be your last....but never stop believing in tomorrow.”

 

Janet Jordan, emergency physician turned sculptor,  recognizes the fragility of life and celebrates its beauty in her figurative sculptures.  Her extensive background in human anatomy was her starting point and has blossomed into a body of work including female muses, loved and endangered animals and any combination of the two. 

 

Many steps lead to the final sculpture in lost wax bronze, with custom patina and granite base.  First, insomnia-producing ideas emerge in the wee hours of the morning and begin taking form in a structure of plumbing pipe, armature wire, plywood and aluminum foil.  Once a solid foundation is constructed, a soft block of oil-based clay is carefully sculpted over the structure into the figure of her imagination.   This process can take weeks to years, depending on the cooperation of her initial armature and the difficulty of achieving life-like textural qualities out of heavy, muddy clay. 

 

During the creative process, the title and meaning of the piece are solidified.  With little modification of the initial concept, the end result is both surprising and uplifting.  In her collection of female muses,  each piece represents a challenge we all face in life.  “Greyhound Bus Stop” depicts a retired racing hound guiding her master through the mindful process of enjoying the moment and not racing through life.  “Change of Pace” depicts a strong minded female ramming her way through life, impatiently riding a slow and laid back snail, who is teaching her the joy of slowing down.  “Finding Her Backbone” shows a resolved, contemplative, and naked female perched atop of the first cervical vertebra. She has found her strength within.

 

Jordan’s second body of work, her collection of loved and endangered animals, was a natural transition after “Tiger Lily”.  Here her circus muse wrestles playfully with a stunning tiger, showing the beauty of each species represented by a single flower.  The maternal bond and unconditional love of a mother is represented in “All About Me” with a mother giraffe primping her self-absorbed male offspring, licking him with her long purple tongue.  We are reminded of the value of all life by her elephant sculpture “Legacy”.  Here a young elephant has discovered the tusk of a senior, left by senseless poaching.  Scientists cannot explain the emotional intelligence enabling an elephant to return a found bone or tusk to the rightful fallen friend. 

 

Her pieces have been described as possessing both strength and vulnerability.  Perhaps this reflects the her own nature and viewpoint on life.

Fresh Art Gallery

Best of Show

January 1st, 2018

Waverly House

Best of Show

January 1st, 2018

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