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Jan Kappes

Jan Kappes

Jan Kappes

Jan Kappes

I work primarily from the trash bin of ideas and images stashed for “later,” while I went about my everyday life on the farm in Douglas County, Illinois. “Later” has become now, and I am compelled to rummage through the not-so-carefully stashed trash of yesterday for what I think of as spiritual sustenance, the things I’ve waited years to show the world…

Always seeking to see the mundane in surprising ways, I have expanded my media to include non-traditional, unexpected materials in both my two and three-dimensional works. Over the past few years, my experimentation with various inks and papers has allowed me to develop my unique process and to create two-dimensional pieces I call Inklings©. While I am proficient with many media, I have discovered that transparent, alcohol-based, colored inks satisfy my desire for sumptuous, intense color and blend-ability. They also allow me to edit my images almost endlessly and have become my media of choice for my two-dimensional work.

My artwork continues to echo the challenges brought on by change and aging in my own life. When something I’ve made makes someone smile or ask questions, I consider myself successful as an artist.