Jody Mussoff


Jody Mussoff

Pottery, Drawings

Mussoff bioAfter attending the Corcoran School of Art in the mid-70s, I started drawing with color pencil on paper. To this day, I love to draw from my imagination.  Women, animals, everyday objects. It is non-toxic.  Immediate.  I can get results fast, so that my ideas can be expressed on the page before becoming stale. Scrubbing bright colors on areas of paper is very satisfying, as are making sharp lines to delineate shapes. I am not bogged down with technique, so it’s actually very much like scratching an itch, only I’ve got an idea made real, which is exciting.

By contrast, I also enjoy working with clay, with its sculptural elements, because it is less immediate, requires more thought, and is three-dimensional. The process I use permits me to draw detail and use bright colors, and the added dimension creates a challenge as to how well I can make the form, and how well the images fit and flow.  Switching back and forth between the two mediums mixes the work up a bit, and keeps both fresh.

My drawings have been featured by museums and galleries in the US and abroad, including the Hirshhorn Museum, the Delaware Art Museum, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Smithsonian American Art Museum, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Yale University Art Gallery, and Kunsthalle Nuremberg.


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