Jessica Burko is an artist, independent curator, arts marketer, and graphic designer. Her photographic mixed-media work incorporates collage, encaustic, and found objects.
Jessica has been involved with The Art Connection since 2006 as an art donor and a volunteer. She helped us tremendously during her tenure on the Development and Marketing Committee in 2008-2010. Sixteen of her artworks have been placed in the Greater Boston Area.
Jessica Burko has been a working photographer since 1985. She holds a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design, and an MFA from Rochester Institute of Technology. The images in Jessica Burko’s photographic mixed-media work are captured with a variety of 35mm and 120mm, positive and negative films. “My work has always been rooted in photography,” Jessica shared, “though in some of my more current pieces the photography is a little hard to find because I’m doing a lot of collage work.”
Jessica has started incorporating found objects in her work, which she finds valuable to her process: “I’ve been saving things from landfillsâ€¦ I save the tiniest scraps that others would just sweep up and I incorporate them into my work. One less thing that can go into the garbage can be one more thing that can be altered and uplifted in the world.”
Some of her recent work is made on found wood scraps. Because the wood she reclaims tends to be smaller, some of these pieces are priced lower, which makes her work more accessible to more people. Jessica grew up in Philadelphia and recalls being surrounded by art and wants other people to have access to art in their everyday lives. Recognizing that not everyone can have an art collection or go visit museums and galleries, Jessica had this to say:
“I love the fact that The Art Connection brings artwork into organizations to people who may not have opportunities to see art, or have daily experiences with art. Knowing that my work may help someone going through a tough part of their life think about things in a visual way and be able to consider their own experience in a more creative way, or maybe just escape for a moment just by looking at art makes me feel great. I just love that, and that’s why I donate to The Art Connection.”
Jessica currently has work up in the United South End Artists’ City Hall Show at the Scollay Square Gallery in Boston City Hall through August 15, 2013.
Visit Jessica’s website to see more samples of her work and learn about upcoming exhibits http://jessicaburko.com/