At one point I was licensing my work, doing commissions, teaching classes, and selling my art to wholesale, and retail markets. Needless to say, I was a bit over-extended trying to be a mom, wife, and managing two thriving businesses. So a year ago, I decided to leave my 'responsible' science career and pursue my art full time. Best. Decision. Ever.
I grew up in St. Louis, Missouri in a family of artists. I’ve always been very motivated, getting straight A's in school. Although my heart was in the arts, I made the responsible choice of a career in the sciences. I ended up getting degrees in biology, studio art, chemistry, and a masters in Environmental Management.
I worked in the sciences for over 15 years, climbing the ladder until I was managing an organization. All the while, I was continuing to make and sell art on the side working at night after my son was sleeping. My art business has been steadily growing and I signed with a rep group several years ago.
"I absolutely love the way collage lends itself to playing with layers of meaning and symbolism."
Many of Jordan's collages focus on the natural world and our connection to it. In this image intitled, "October Crows" depicts a pair of crafty crows with words like "experience" and "dream" tucked into their feathers.
I absolutely LOVE the way collage lends itself to playing with layers of meaning and symbolism. I love tucking hidden messages into my work with the paper I use, the words on it, or even little found objects that I find and incorporate.
These little 'love notes' are a way I try to encourage slowing down, looking deeper and seeing beyond first impressions. I see now that all my time studying the natural world was really about my fascination with our connection to it. My mission is to create work and experiences that inspire us to honor our connection to each other and the natural world.
I make paper collages – but not in a conventional way. People often describe my work as 'painting with paper'. As my business name, Found & Rewound, suggests, I like to use found objects (junk mail, magazines, packaging, etc.) and give them a new purpose in my artwork. My favorite subjects are simple moments and observations that inspire me – children, family, community, scenes from motherhood, gardening, and the natural world.
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