Janice Gordon is an artist who works in diverse media, including sculpture, assemblage, collage and photography. She grew up in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in the northwestern United States and has degrees in English Literature (B.A.) and Psychology (M.A.). She studied art history in Rome and studio art in New York City. Her work has been exhibited in various venues, including La Specola Museum in Florence, Italy, the New York Academy of Sciences, The Hudson River Museum and the University of Michigan Museum of Art. Images of her work have appeared in publications such as the New York Times, Sciences magazine and Provincetown Arts. In the spring of 2018, she was a Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome. Gordon maintains studios in New York City and in Mexico.
My work draws on my interest in apparent opposites: the physical and the metaphysical; art and science, the concrete and the ephemeral. In recent years, I have explored the complex nature of the heart, both as metaphor and as the anatomical center of our being. My sculptures of the heart reflect an acute sensitivity to texture, and incorporate references to both the spiritual and the medical aspects of the heart. In continuing to investigate “what lies within us, body and soul,” this work culminated in solo exhibitions entitled Embodiments: Medicine, Metaphor and Metaphysics at La Specola Museum in Florence, Italy in 2013 and A Cuore Aperto in Florence in 2014. In 2015, I moved part-time to Mexico and while establishing a studio there, I started doing photography as a way to explore the country and its people. I also began my present, ongoing project related to birds as symbols of human aspiration.