My relationship with art, both as a formal discipline and as a personal creative process, is complicated. Art haunts me. Making art has always been a struggle, but art is something (sometimes the only thing) I can "give". My development of small scale acrylic paintings began 2 years ago as a series of gifts for the dollhouse-loving women of my family. The paintings were originally based on classical portraiture one would find in a home. The DNA of that original thread is still obvious in my newer work. I paint intuitively with many light washes until I find an expression or face that guides me to the final composition. I finish my paintings by adding a hand crafted polymer frame.
My inspiration comes from exploring life’s surroundings. Whether it is the textures of nature, geometric shapes or the feelings from within, all are a stage of the creative process. Since the year 2000, I have been designing small wearable sculptures. Using sterling silver, gold and semi precious stones, my hand – fabricated pieces are treated with various surfacing techniques such as forging, roller printing and patinas. The results are simple yet complex, industrial yet natural.
I create free spirited, sculpted art to wear to wake your body and perceptions.
Each piece that comes thru my hands starts out as slivers of recycled fabric, and, just like our lives, changes and grows, bit by bit, until the story is almost complete. Then it's up to you... to fill the bag, or drape the wrap... and open to the next chapter.
LET THE EXPEDITION BEGIN!
Every piece of fine hardwood is unique, with an aesthetic driven by color, grain
and figure. My goal as a woodworker and box maker, is to enrich that uniqueness
by creating a piece art that is pleasing to the eye, functional, and with a quality of
craftsmanship and materials that will ensure a lifetime of and use. Thus, every
piece I make starts with wood selection. Only when the wood is selected, can I
then proceed to the design of the final piece I want to create. As a result, even
though individual pieces may look similar at times, each is truly one-of-a-kind.
I am the sole creator of my work. Elements from nature inspire this collection of one-of-a-kind hand-built sculpture, constructed primarily with white talc clay and finished with acrylic paint.
STUDIO, SIP & SPLURGE
SCULPTOR JEF RAASCH & FELLOW FINE CRAFT ARTISTS INVITE YOU TO SEEK OUT
THE J.A.R. STUDIO.
Make the quest. Come and explore.
Encounter artists in their natural habitats.
Sample the wine.
Discover great one-of-a-kind pieces of art.
Go forth, splurge and acquire.
Take your treasures home with you.
Friday, November 16th
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