The VoiceCatcher Art Gallery
Curated by April Bullard
This is the last in a series showcasing the work of VoiceCatcher6 artists. Each artist shares her work, her sources of inspiration, the “why and how” of what she does and a challenge to use her work as a springboard for your own. We hope it will prompt a lively dialogue among authors and artists that will expand creative possibilities for everyone.
About the artist
Jan Ice is a home-grown, self-taught, country woman transplanted into the roaring city. She balances her job, children, grandchildren and adult care, and still finds time to be an active member of the artistic community and express herself in her work.
About the work
Jan is a natural, intuitive photographer who started with a 110 Instamatic and continued into the digital age to capture profound moments in the everyday. “A picture may be worth a thousand words,” Jan says, “but with the right words, you can enhance the power of a picture. Plucking random thoughts and phrases from among the din, and twisting them into heart-felt meaning, is how I practice my art.”
One of my combinations of photography and poetry, this shot of raccoons was total luck because I could not see them through the camera lens. On a personal note, this is my Mom’s favorite piece.
My cat, just doing what cats do best with the sun rain-bowing over her, was too much to resist. I took my shot.
“Being accepted into VoiceCatcher6 was only the beginning of my artistic dreams. I plan to work with my sister to bring art and poetry to the everyday man, woman and child. I want to make them mainstream-accessible and understandable as well as desired and even longed for. “I have set a few goals for myself in regards to writing: I have two chapbooks and two full-length books of poetry/prose that I’m working on to publish in the near future, and maybe some of my photography will make it into the books as well. After that, I have at least five novels waiting to be written. So you can see, my imagination is never as still as my pen, nor as quiet as my keyboard. I play an active role in the local writing community by leading the free Writing Workshop at the Vancouver Community Library, where we meet every first Thursday of each month. I do my best to maintain a welcoming, supportive writing environment no matter what style a person’s writing take on. May it be poetry, prose, short stories, novels or anything in between, I am there to support everyone’s efforts and cheer their successes.”
Thank you, April!
After curating the Artist Gallery for most of 2012, April Bullard is taking time off for her own art and writing. VoiceCatcher is grateful to her for spotlighting eleven artists from VoiceCatcher6 in her monthly series, and helping us appreciate the richness and diversity of our photographers and painters.
April will be joining artists from VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices & visions for the first month-long art exhibit of 2013 at Space Monkey Coffee House in Portland. Meet her at the opening reception on Friday, April 5 at 6 p.m. and thank her personally for her exceptional work.