Oregon College of Art & Craft current Artist-In-Residence & SK's older sister Jessica has a truly unfettered imagination AND knows how to work with her hands. Having been a ceramic sculptor for over 15 years, the difficult mental task of expressing conceptual ideas in 3-D form comes naturally to her. She ponders beauty & molds her thoughts into shapes & installations that give viewers the chance to see, to experience something brand new while at the same time familiar, but not necessarily comfortable. She implements themes that revere animals, nature, patterns from domestic existences, memory, decay & abandonment. Also prevalent in Jessica's work are: Victorian-era motifs, delicate, lacy shapes, oozing body orifices & authentic relics from distant times & places (including worn doors, headboards & floorboards, thin-legged chairs & stools, compact mirrors, unusually colored cushions, metal scales, rusted hangers, a very used wooden broom, a vintage parasol, SK's baby pillow, their mother's yellowed & broken contact case, her pastel soap remnants, even her baby teeth.)
Although Jessica might say something different herself, SK believes her sister holds the key (in her mind & then her hands) to unlocking the mysteries of the universe.
Keep up the incredible work, JK. I love & admire you tons!
(OCAC Kilns, SW Portland) -Ilford HP5 Plus-