reviewer for the Atlanta Journal Constitution once said, "Jaskevich
is a carver of dreams in alabaster." Janes mythical figures
borrow elements from ancient cultures. She transforms big and bulky
stones into curvy, smooth and ethereal figures. Some of her larger
pieces are created by combining multiple stones. Her work can be
seen at www.atlantasculpture.com.
A large body of her work portrays
women. Some are alone, some wear masks and others are paired with
animals. Like many stone carvers her first subjects were animals.
Then she carved female figures because she could look in the mirror
for anatomical help. Later Jane combined the two subjects. Her women
had rabbits and birds on their heads. They wore fish. Owls emerged
from their hair. The animals became spiritual symbols of the female
form. Recently she has gone full circle. A new sculpture shows a
hare looking at his watch. It is entitled "Im Late, Im
Late." Now her fanciful animals hold symbolic objects.
Jaskevich has always been interested in the spiritual and mystical
side of mankind. Her inspiration to become a sculptor happened when
her art professor told the class to create a vessel and give a lecture
about it. Jane, taking a clay class at the time, made a pinch pot
that resembled a female. The figure was hollow. When it came time
for her to talk about her "vessel" Jane said, "This
is a vessel that holds the spirit." Hundreds of sculptures
have followed that vessel.
Jaskevich is represented by River Gallery in Chattanooga; Hanson
Gallery, Knoxville; Clayton Gallery, Tampa; The Art Cellar in Banner
Elk, NC; Steinway Gallery in Chapel Hill, NC. and www.postpicasso.com.
Her public collections include a garden sculpture in a Michigan
church and three sculptures for Nationsbank Headquarters in Tampa.
Jane has two stone sculptures in the permanent collection of the
Polk Museum of Art in Lakeland, Florida. One marble piece graces
its sculpture garden. Her large-scale bronze sculptures are the
focal point for the GTE Data Services building in Tampa..
is a Greek myth showing Zeus as a bull, hiding from Hera his wife, as he carries
off his human love Europa. From this union Europe was created or so the Greeks
Two separate alabaster stones
mythical scene reminds me of the Egyptian sculpture of the pharoah astride the
panther as he is carried into the underworld. This piece is much happier. Peacefully
the giant turtle floats along the clouds with the muse upon his back. The name
recalls the hypnotic music one would expect to hear.
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