Artist Statement JILLIAN SOKSO
My work is a visual extension of thoughts; part personal archive, part recollection and reiteration of memory. I'm influenced by biographical history, my immediate surroundings of the Willamette Valley, and pondering connections between humankind and the natural world.
Current research interests surround the history of feminism, ecology, trophy taxidermy, culture wars, and the anthropomorphism of furniture.In the studio, I focus on a variety of print media and works on paper. Handmade Japanese Washi is a consistent thread in the work. Focusing on the nature of the mark-making various print media allow, rather than the reproducibility of image through process, I work almost exclusively with one of a kind images as opposed to edition printing. I consider all my studio practice to be a collaboration with the media I use, attributing the work's results to my own hand as well as the nature of print and drawing.
Description of process:
I begin working by making a series of drawings and stencils with imagery pulled from photographs I take from the environment and other inspiration resources: textile patterns, architecture, geologic forms, landscape and vegetation. I work with stencils and print media plates/matrixes in screen printing (serigraphy), etching, and relief. After laying down flat and variegated areas of color with relief ink, I work with the various matrixes to build up a composition. Each work, while employing reproducible media, is one of a kind. I do not edition my prints, so I think of them as drawings or paintings more than anything. Works on paper for me are a collaboration with the master papermaker or washi- master. I use almost exclusively Japanese papers of kozo and gampi fiber. The delicacy of the paper adds content to the work- the ephemeral ideas my work speaks to (the fragility of the environment, human relationships and fleeting beauty) requires the vehicle of the warm, strong, yet translucent and delicate -looking paper surface.