Jeri Jankovsky at MudFire
Gallery group show Pirates vs. Zombies, April 2012
Jeri Jankovsky Artist Statement
In my career as a Commercial Artist I handled projects as diverse as illustrating the proper position and technique for Tampon insertion to designing a miniature Green Giant lamp that was used as a promotional reward for consumers who collected an unheard of amount of product labels. The arrival of children changed my focus from using my artistic abilities for the promotion of retail products to expressing my creativity for my own personal satisfaction. After a period creating nature illustrations, I found myself looking for another creative outlet. I took my first class in clay since I was a student at art school and found a deep resonance with the fluid transformation of clay from a shapeless clump to a finished form. This was the beginning of a journey that has wandered through many different avenues of expression beginning with functional forms and moving on to realistic and fantastical sculpture of subjects in nature to busts of imaginary and real people. This journey has more recently led me from the creation of functional ware and realistic sculpture to the purely decorative world of Raku with its tremendous variety textures and colors.
My work is an expression of my current interests and passions and as such follows no set route, but is rather a journey of discovery.