Janice Gordon is a visual 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. Gordon has been a Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome and has participated in artist residencies in the United States and Europe. Her work has been exhibited in various museums, including a solo exhibition at Museo della Specola in Florence, Italy. She will have a museum exhibition in Mexico City in the coming year. Gordon presently lives and works in New York City and Mexico.
My work draws on my interest in combining and transcending apparent opposites: the physical and the metaphysical; art and science; the concrete and the ephemeral; human and animal. This springs from my belief in a greater whole in which seemingly diverse phenomena are interconnected. In recent years, I have explored the complex nature of the heart, from a metaphorical, metaphysical and medical point of view. In continuing to investigate “what lies within us, body and soul,” this work culminated in a solo exhibition at the Museo della Specola in Florence, Italy. My ongoing projects are related to birds as symbols of human aspiration; I am presently combining collage and photography in my series The Woman Who Becomes a Bird, an evolving tale of transformation, which unites “woman” and “bird,” matter and spirit. In the fall of 2021, I will have an artist residency in Assisi, Italy where I will be doing a photographic project which will address the historical and contemporary nature of Assisi, as well as the sacred and the secular.
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