D’jean Jawrunner

National Bronze Sculpture SymposiumD’jean Jawrunner’sTucumcari, New Mexico
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D’jean Jawrunner’s journey as a professional artist includes a range of materials, techniques, and size as she believes all art processes are related. She works in aluminum, bronze, cast iron, precious metals, steel and wood. She casts, draws, paints, print makes, sculpts and welds from small to large. Her work exudes a sense of strength and harmonic rhythm. Her goal is to celebrate human experience on a daily basis and, like Matisse, to provide the audience with a refreshing, joyous respite while interacting with the work. Art should civilize, socialize and promote a common bond.
D’jean has exhibited internationally and nationally next to Edgar Degas, Kiki Smith, and Andy Warhol. Her work is in the permanent collections of museums in Russia, Estonia, North Carolina and individual collectors. She has been included in Sculpture Magazine, New Mexico Magazine and Pasatiempo Magazine [Santa Fe].
Since 1997, D’jean has been the program/foundry manager and art professor at Mesalands Community College. She introduced the Iron Pouring Workshop that today host artists of all levels of creative development. Professional artists, college professors, museum curators, students and interested bystanders return annually. Each summer, D’jean teaches aluminum and bronze casting and printing workshops for the New Mexico Art Educators Association. She pours iron and teaches mold making in Alaska.

Living and working in a small town seems to promote the need for community involvement and the arts. I want my work to be part of everyday living. It is a historic translation of my life with no need of interpretation. The work should be experienced rather than intellectualized. I want my work to parallel installation art as it should be touchable and fluid.

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