Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Jaki Katz-Ashford at Art Source Gallery

Posted By on Wed, Feb 23, 2011 at 1:49 AM

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.

Belizes $100 coin
  • Image courtesy of Jaki Katz-Ashford
  • Belize's $100 coin

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.

Ofrenda for the Gulf
  • Courtesy of Art Source Gallery
  • Ofrenda for the Gulf

Currently on view at Art Source Gallery are many of Katz-Ashford’s recent bright acrylic-on-canvas paintings.

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 “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.

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