“Don’t use all the bright colors in one piece; it won’t create a mood.”
“Why would you carve a woodblock and not print it?”
“Never use small brayers to ink your woodblock: they will leave marks.”
“Why would you give up a life of stability and comfort for a life that is insecure and unpredictable?”
These dualities, complexities, and contradictions are what make up the piece “You’re Doing it Wrong”, a three-panel hybrid of painting and printmaking on carved woodblocks. It reflects a poetic interpretation of an internal scape, expressing how the mind adapts or struggles to process new information that is different from the old. The mind is where our perception of life experiences and our view of the world around us exist, and both the mind and the world are constantly changing. The rates of change may vary, but both are in continuous motion. Rationality collides with emotion and desire, while confusion and ambiguity circle the psyche. As the mind constructs meaning, there is tension, balanced by a spirit of optimism that everything will be all right.
The brush marks are an energetic language of the mind, one that is cryptic and coded and not always understood. Painted on to the surface of wood through an improvisational method, each is a response to the preceding mark. The brush marks are enhanced and inscribed through the vigorous process of carving, creating a record of the individual and inspiring constructive change within. Carving wood is torturous but fun. Color is the path to our spirit, our inner child who takes her box of 64 Crayola crayons and creates an unending, naïve, yet pure and hopeful view of the world.
Taking on the notion of change, our spirit reminds us to refrain from expectation and judgments, and to consider this method of improvisation of act and react to life events. Rather than feeling stuck for failing to do the “right” thing, a former professor rephrased a new aim for living a more fulfilling life: “You’re Doing it Wrong, but in a really interesting and intriguing way.”
I started making "Printerly Paintings" in the Spring of 2017. They begin with a piece of wood, usually Baltic Birch Plywood, and the surface is carved with marks, lines, and brushstrokes. The carved marks are filled with Acrylic Paint, and the surface is rolled with Water-based Relief Printing Ink. Often the surface will then be printed on using screen printing techniques. More recently, I have experimented with cutting up my paintings to remix and assemble them in a new way.
Acrylic and Screen Print on Carved Wood; 16 x 20 inches; 2017; SOLD
Graffiti that Stays
Acrylic and Screen Print on Carved Wood; 20 x 30 inches; 2017; $225
Acrylic and Screenprint on Carved Wood; 28 x 20 inches; 2017; SOLD
Acrylic and Screen print on Carved Wood; 29 x 29 inches; 2017; $350
Acrylic and Screen print on Carved Wood, 30 x 30 inches; 2017; unavailable
Tired of Spinning
Acrylic and Screen Print on Carved Wood, approx 30 x 30 inches each; 2018; $300 each or $750 for series
Public Art- Auburn, WA
I first want to recognize Kimberly Kent Art Brokerage for extending and organizing this amazing opportunity for me. Also to Ben Dye, a wonderful sculpture artist in the surrounding Portland, OR area who manufactured my design in metal and installed it in Auburn, WA. Some of these photos were taken by them. A million thanks to you both!!
This project started as a call for art for a Multi-care hospital who was looking for art to hang on their medical supply/storage building recently built. The request was for an image to represent the items that were stored inside the supply building, such as gasses, piping, and electrical wiring, but also include imagery from the Pacific Northwest region or the healthcare field. My design included all three, and I will walk you through the process of design to completion in the photos to come.
The Finished Piece
Stainless Steel, 2019, 8 x16 feet, Auburn, WA
The Proposed Design
Knowing the dimensions of the piece, I wanted to use the height to represent the Pacific Northwest region. I began to see connections between the river systems and the water piping of the storage building, and then connections between the roots of a tree and piping and electrical systems. On the middle left (that looks tree-like) is actually an image of the vein systems of our lungs. It just made sense to utilize this connection, the hospital systems providing life and care, our own cardiovascular system providing us with life, and our natural environment supporting that life.
Of all the mock-ups submitted, it is nice to know that a pencil drawing of a good design is still enough!
I worked up a black and white image of the proposed design in order for it to be cut out of metal. I credit my relief printmaking and design skills with getting the image to be visually strong and structurally stable for the metal fabricator.
Here, Ben Dye is making the frame for the metal that will be used for the installation.
Once again, Ben Dye is working the crane in order to hang my piece. It is a heavy piece!
On another note, look at that blue sky in WA in the middle of February!
The Finished Placement, Surrounding Area
I am so thankful to have had this opportunity! It was a really fun design challenge, and it is amazing to see my work in a new material. To the right of the photo is a busy street and intersection where I hope everyone is safely enjoying the art.
I have had a passion for printmaking since high school when I carved my first linoleum block. I have since completed many relief prints using linoleum, but today I am mostly working in wood. Carving wood energizes me, yet linoleum provides a way of creative mark making that I crave. Most of my work is relief reduction prints, however few are actually a true edition. I choose to vary my colors in my editions, so that each print is unique in color schemes, but may be similar in imagery. Silkscreen printmaking, and letterpress allow me to explore editioning using the relief technique in new and interesting ways.
Relief Reduction Print; Varied Edition of 4; 12 x 12 inches; 2016- $110
Relief Reduction Print; Varied Edition of 4; 12 x 12 inches; 2016- SOLD
Oneness in Time
Relief Reduction Print; Edition of 3; 29 x 29 inches; 2016; $300; 2 available
Rhythm in Time
Relief Print; 1/1; 13 x 14 inches; 2016- $100
Relief Print; 1/1; 12 x 28 inches; 2016- $160
Relief Prints on Velum- Layered; 72 x 54 inches; 2017- Not Available
Relief Reduction Print; 1/1; 18 x 6 inches; 2015; $110
Transitions & Transformations
Relief Reduction Print; Varied Edition of 8; 18 x 18 inches; 2016; $210
Language of Signals
Relief Reduction Print; Varied Edition of 6; 18 x 18 inches; 2015; $140
Relief Print; Edition of 10; 18 x 24 inches; 2016; $60
What does one do with all the prints that were proofs, mistakes, never fully realized art, or just not selling? When my stash of previous work began to mount, I decided to use them in collages. After trimming a print, I realized I really liked seeing the prints in strips; like coded information that built the image. I began cutting many prints into these longer strips and organizing them by color and value, creating a historical catalogue of the marks and colors I have used over the last 19 years! I enjoy the playful interactions that the papers have when placed next to each other. I also appreciate how the process speaks to the idea of potential. I believe everything and everyone has the potential to exceed expectations and achieve a higher sense of being. Through collage, I can finally bring these prints that were not working in their current form to a greater purpose. There are often circles within these pieces representing the duality of systematic structures and the spiritual essence of nature that assist in achieving greater potential.
Collage of Prints; 20 x 39 inches; 2017; SOLD
Collage made from Prints, 35 inch diameter, 2019, $550
Ferris Wheel Prints
Anxiety, Anticipation, Excitement
Woodblock Relief Monoprint, 1/1; 16 x 20 inches; 2018; SOLD
Woodblock Relief Monoprint; 1/1; 16 x 20 inches; 2018; SOLD (see version available in store soon)
Mystic Nights- Version 4
Woodblock Relief Monoprint; 1/1; 16 x 20 inches; SOLD (version 3 available in shop soon)
Mystic Nights- Cream
Woodblock Relief Monoprint; 1/1; 16 x 20 inches; SOLD
Woodblock Print; Edition of 5; 16 x 20 inches; SOLD OUT
Celebrate Malawi Mural
In 2012 I had the opportunity to travel to Blantyre, Malawi, Africa to visit a friend, and together along with a Malawian psychologist we formed a mural painting project to coordinate with an effort to clean the Blantyre city park. The three of us worked with a group of children from the Samaritan Trust foundation, and another group who provides daily activities and food to children in need. I coordinated with the psychologist on the design of the mural to depict the geography of Malawi, using images of the landscape, Malawi currency, and images inspired by local African artists. I worked with the children to paint the mural, and while we spoke different languages (the children spoke Chichewa), I learned how much a gesture, a smile, and a few animal noises could communicate! We celebrated the mural with a small feast, t-shirts, and music in the park, and I left the groups sketchbooks and drawing tools so they could continue their own artistic visions.
Keen "Uneek" Artist Campaign
I worked on a campaign for the Uneek Shoe when Keen and PNCA partnered up to promote creativity, the new sandal, and the graduate school experience. I played a role in a video advertisement, provided artwork for the backdrop of the shoe advertisement, and helped organize an exhibition for the graduate students at the Keen garage in Portland, Oregon. I demonstrated carving into a woodblock at the event, and enjoyed speaking to the community about Keen, printmaking, and PNCA.
Check Out the Video Campaign Below!
KEEN UNEEK x PNCA
This is the promotional video for the Uneek campaign featuring myself and 4 other artists affiliated with PNCA.
My artistic process is vital to the outcome of my work. Mostly intuitive, and at times overly laborious, I begin a piece not knowing what the final work will be. I react from one step to the next, listening to what the work needs, and seeking to discover the information the work will contain. I save and accumulate scraps from my process, and hope to find ways to highlight these in a more finished form. Through making, I stumble upon metaphors that connect my actions, decisions, and materials to ideas about human behavior, perception, and lifestyle choices that encourage me to continue growing and moving boldly down my chosen path.
I post many in progress photos on my instagram page. If you like these, check out: @sherryjankiewicz
I love that my work can bring so much color and joy to a space!
5 Point Coffee Roasters
Thurman Street Collective Gallery
All in One Accupuncture Office
Guess which pieces sold here…. one of my Pins & Needles, and Prana Surges… sometimes the audience just gets you!
Winter X Winter
Bend Center for the Arts, 2019
Julie Winter curated this show and created a theme of inner landscapes where each artist would create a piece that transitioned from white to black and when hung together created a connected horizon line. Great job Julie!
Beneath Confusion Lies the Spirit
Relief Print on Sekishu Paper, ~30 x 80 inches, $220
Bemis Spring Art Show
Educator- Public Schools
I taught in the Howard County Public School System in Maryland for 13 years before leaving to pursue my own art. I love teaching. Art gives students a voice, a place to explore, a place to play, and a place to take risks and build confidence. I enjoyed teaching the benefits of the process, through lessons enriched with personal discovery, art history, criticism, and interdisciplinary and cultural connections. I connected with the community through art from hosting 4 successful Empty Bowls Event nights, one Paint Night event, and 11 Mural intramurals for 8th graders. These murals along with temporary installations brightened up the school and showed that creativity was alive here.
Annual Student Show
- Geometric and Aboriginal Inspired Animals- 6th
- Collages based on the colors, shapes, and textures seen in nature- 6th
- Self-portraiture for inspired by numerous historical artists- 7th
- Relief reduction printmaking based on a healthy treat and color theory- 7th
- Olympic figure/art model drawings based on action, proportion, and drama- 7th
- Social Justice Printmaking corresponding to our Empty Bowls event- 8th
Modern Gods and Demons Mask
7th grade mask made that managed to incorporate both genres in one mask.
Annual Student Show
Another assortment of lessons for 6th-8th grade. Some of the paper collages represent personal dreams and goals.
Empty Bowls Service Learning Project
A variety of 8th grade bowls made from functional pottery techniques such as slab and pinch pot forms for our annual Empty Bowls fundraiser event.
Annual Student Showcase
- Paper collage techniques inspired by the artists Eric Carle and Elizabeth St. Hilaire Nelson- 6th
- Imaginative World drawings utilizing linear perspective techniques inspired by M.C Escher and the Monument Valley Game for apple products- 7th
- Modular origami and creatively expanding on one folding technique- 7th
- Cyanotype prints based on scientific principles of opacity, transparency, and translucency (our first day assignment!)- 8th
-Reduction prints using graffiti and color theory as inspiration- 8th
Spring Installation Inspired by Artist "Hot Tea"
Collaborative installation involving 7th and 8th grade students utilizing our pent up energy brought on by the winter months to transform a space.
Relief Reduction Prints
7th grade prints inspired by nature and the Pop Art movement.
Paper Sculpture self-portraits for 7th grade students.
Annual Student Showcase
BMMS’s display panel at the local mall for our annual spring show. Lessons have been described in previous photos except the addition of a Light Painting Photography unit for my 8th grade students.
Clay Monster Friends
Inspired by an artist duo in Baltimore and other ceramic artists that transform functional pottery into new forms, 8th grade artists created their own rendition emphasizing personal qualities and interests.
Painting and drawing unit emphasizing color theory and mark making inspired by Van Gogh’s sunflowers for 6th graders.
Collaborative efforts and experimentation were the keys to successful light painting imagery using photography techniques for 8th graders.
Annual Student Showcase
Student lessons here are described in images above.
Build Your Own Cone
Inspired by a European group’s art intervention program throughout businesses, “Gelatology”, 6th grade students randomly selected 3 adjectives (collected from students through an exercise) to create a spin off of the traditional ice cream cone.
Annual Student Showcase
- Popcorn transformation drawings: a combination of observational and imaginative drawing for value studies- 6th
- Paper sculpture monsters inspired by artist Michael Velliquette utilizing the creation of texture and form- 6th
- “Selfie” etching prints inspired by Rembrandt and contemporary artists- 7th
- Social Justice unit utilizing portraiture and words to share student hopes for the world- 7th
- Process based painting with an exploration of mark making, materials, and color theory- 7th
- Surrealism inspired drawing unit transforming photos of our school’s interior into an imaginative setting- 8th
"Ms. Jankiewicz, can we build a life size Spiderman!?"
My response: I have never done it before, but sure, let’s figure it out.
After two months of after school art sessions, I am holding a plaster cast sculpture of Spiderman for our annual 8th grade mural. I was truly the facilitator in this project and impressed by my student’s perseverance and problem solving skills.
*No judging- this was the last week of school and a messy classroom is an active classroom. Trust me, I knew where everything was. :)
8th grade end of the year mural
Photo of that year’s mural. This was a collaborative effort from 40 students!