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cropped image of Freak of Nature by Jayne King
cropped image of Freak of Nature by Jayne King

Jayne King’s porcelain vessels explore the nature of memory, nostalgia and personal narrative, and how Jewish tradition informs their relationship to their family’s past and present. Instead of food or water, these pots carry memory and history, embellished with lively images of family life, tools and keepsakes, slivers of landscape, skeletons and fossils. Stacked and interwoven layers of imagery suggest geological strata and the dream-like quality of memory. Eschewing the bright, clear glazes traditionally associated with porcelain, King emphasizes dark earthy tones that reflect the archeological nature of family history.

Jayne King, Home Sweet Home, 2023. Porcelain, 25 x 10 x 20 in.

Jayne King, Freak of Nature, 2020. Porcelain, 22 x 8 x 8 in.

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Jayne King (Chicago) is a Jewish artist and recent graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (BFA 2022), where they spent their time focusing on ceramics, object collection, and book making. 

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