j.e. paterak  | studio artist j.e. paterak | studio artist


Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.-Rachel Carson

My artistic career and studio practice, notwithstanding its tangents, diversions and periods of absence, began with painting & printmaking. Although I am perhaps better known in Maine for my jewelry and the realm of craft, my thought process is that of a fine artist living within the world of ideas.

I have just recently concluded the first installation of Intimate Universe in Portland Maine. The work presented explored relationships of scale, dialogue between objects and images, ways of making and perceiving. I am continue working along this theme and the work will continue to span different media. I am interested in natural forms such as a river delta or tree roots, how growth occurs, sound moves and forms take up and change space.

Walking and being in nature, I now consider an essential part of my artistic practice. While walking I make visual ‘notations’ which I often record by way of ‘snapshots' often featured in my instagram feed. Walking is a soothing act but it is also a time to make my relationship with the planet a real and responsive one.

Our planet is in a period of rapid change, if not a period of peril. It is upon us to work in an intuitive yet methodical way to illuminate our particular place in the world, and our responsibilities within this ecological/geological timescale. Though it is a lofty, if not impossible pursuit, to illuminate/change the way we behave in our daily lives, I see this effort as an honest one, to engage with the world we live in, through the act of making. Ultimately language and creativity are incumbent on one another, we can only speak and learn from what we make, and we make to create language from which to learn.