Interpreting Cultural Sources – Jenny Orchard: Ceramic Totems

JO 3Jenny’s website explains her Zookinii’s and PlantAnimals very well.  An extract is below:

“My Zookinii’s – PlantAnimals, PlantPeople and SoulFlowers are an irreligious, non prophet disorganization of recently departed extinct species and genetic labaroritory misfits who now reside in a place called Metempsychosia……… They visit me sometimes and I have reconstructed some of them for you to see….. some are magnificently confused, some bizarre, some sublime.JO10

My work expresses my joy and awe at the diversity and beauty of all creation and its universal soul.”JO 5

Her totems are a fascinating collection of the weird and wonderful.  Obviously all very personal and dear to Jenny.  She exhibits and, from what I have been able to find, her works sell well.

Not only does she create these wonderful Zookinii’s but she also writes stories relating to her various creatures.  Entitled Vegetable Matters, they can be read on her website and include some marvellous drawings.  JO 4

She clearly has a vivid imagination and a zest for life as many of her ceramic creatures are brightly coloured, wacky looking space oddities – some of which vaguely seem to have their roots on planet Earth.



One of my personal favourites is Little dog that wanted to be a giraffe (below).

Little dogShe has written the following to me:

My totems are about inclusiveness, that all life on earth shares the same DNA and is connected, the plants, the animals, people, marine life everything, so my totems start with their roots at the base, a solid form, from which the character of each piece emerges, each is individual like all life and has different elements to make its story. 

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Jenny has an exhibition of new works in August 2013 at Frances Keevil Gallery, 28/34 Cross Street, Double Bay, NSW, Australia.

Photos and quotes by permission from the artist.

About Claire B

I'm a passionate printmaker, paper-maker and a poor sketcher (which I'm working to improve). I've stitched from early childhood and am a perpetual student, loving learning and participating in everything creative.
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