Jean Day

A Brief Artist Biography

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“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.” – Aristotle

 

Though Miss Day is a sculptor by nature, utilizing a variety of materials to creatively express her values of wildlife conservation and environmentalism through small sculpture and found objects. More recently she has focused on broaden her practice utilizing digital techniques of illustration and modeling.

Coming from an artistic upbringing, Jean's roots formed around pencil drawings and happy family pets. Through art college she honed in techniques from ceramic mold-making, traditional painting, jewelry design, textile alteration and, most importantly, recycled materials. College was spent exploring the value of "found objects" and realizing the complicated relationships between viewers, makers and the community. Travel after graduation meant a new, minimalistic, nomadic art making which expressed appreciation for cultural diversity with new animals, social connections and coral reef coasts.

 

Settling comfortably back home in Calgary AB, focus has shifted back to roots in prioritizing happy family pets. A new connection to a community of passionate pet and wildlife people and the vast networks that go into caring and governing them was realized. Making animals, nature and the relationships established between them, people and their environments intrinsic concerns in her work. Today Miss Day continues to support local pets and wildlife by donating art to local charities and pursuing a career in veterinary medicine.