Artist StatementWhen I take time to look closely at the natural forms around me, I am inspired to capture that vitality in my art. Like people and plants, my fruit and vegetable sculptures are alive with possibility. Their personalities are powerful. They want to jump up and run around the studio, or settle in for a quiet conversation. Sculpted in oil-based clay, the pieces are further refined, then cast, and ultimately fabricated in materials suitable for indoor or outdoor display. Scanning and modeling technologies allow them to be made in bronze, resin, fiberglass, and stone – and in virtually any size or color. My work reflects the intimate wonder of nature. It is about joy and expression. It is about relationships. Allow the exuberant, sometimes sensuous shapes to reach out and spark your imagination.
Jan Kirsh’s sculptures are the embodiment of a life’s work in concert with nature. Trained in ceramics, sculpture, design and photography Kirsh turned first to landscape design, fulfilling a desire to work within nature’s parameters. Her extensive background and current practice as a noted landscape and garden designer has proven to be the perfect springboard when visualizing her sculpture – posing and placing each piece in her mind as she views the space.
Kirsh’s return to sculpture in 2004 brings her creative career full circle, yielding exuberant forms made in a variety of materials, including bronze, resin, stone, and fiberglass. The sculpture can be fabricated in virtually any size or color.
Kirsh notes, “Sculpture is something that requests interaction; I want my work to entice the viewer to touch the pieces, admire the curves, the hollows, the softly rounded undulations. Natural light accents the surfaces, while shadows can lead to playful interpretations. That the sculptures can be placed outdoors, in garden settings, adds another dimension.”
Kirsh has exhibited in Philadelphia, New York, and across the Mid-Atlantic. Her work is represented by galleries in Aspen, SoHo, as well as in Maryland.
A resident of the Eastern Shore for over 30 years, Kirsh's Studio and Landscape Design Office is minutes from St. Michaels, Maryland.