A recent transplant from Florida, Jaki Katz-Ashford has worked mainly as a medal sculptor. That's medal, not metal, although that applies, too. She has made many a medallion in her 35-plus years as an artist, including a $100 coin for Belize in 1981 and a commemorative medal for Apollo 11’s infamous trip to space.
Katz-Ashford grew up in Philadelphia and attended the Tyler School of Art at Temple University. While she worked to make a name—and a living—for herself by creating the medallions and doing work for others, she loves to paint for herself as well.
In her artist statement, Katz-Ashford writes:
"As a child of the '60s, every piece of art I produced was a political commentary or a social statement,” she says in her artist statement at artsourcegallery.com. “In my adult life, I work out my idealism through volunteer commitments.”
However, Katz-Ashford’s works are still filled with commentary on important social, cultural and political issues, including the Gulf oil spill and the contentious American-Mexican border.
Katz-Ashford's work is on view at Art Source Gallery through the end of February.