Monuliths

In an interview published in Lake Affect Magazine, Jurs described how she began to create ceramic garment vessels that morphed into female torsos:

“I, sort of accidentally, started making garments in clay.  I made a big ceramic doll for my daughter, Alison, and realized that all I was really making were clothes with some hands and feet and a big head—this big dress.  I really enjoyed it because, as I was growing up, I learned to sew my own clothes and the thrill was almost the same.  A long series of these garment vessels gradually grew into female torsos.  I have been working with the figure in some form now since that time.  The blouses turned into life-sized ‘goddess-pieces.’  I realized that, even though I was working with the female, she was never actually there.  The garments were an expression of the female form with narrative information about her, but were hollow.  In the 90’s these garments became solid and now were the actual figure herself.  The two figures flanking the front entrance to the Memorial Art Gallery are from the period of time.  Those rock forms (titled Emergence) represent powerful women still evolving into the world.”

Emergence is part of a series Jurs has described as “monulithic.”