Jane Brucker uses installation and performance to engage the viewer through contemplation, movement and ritual activity. In large installations and intimate, small-scale sculpture, she touches on the poetry of existence by examining memory, fragility, and death. Combining found objects and heirlooms with other materials – textiles, wood, glass, and cast metals – she reveals her strong tactile sensibility while simultaneously exploring the visceral and the spiritual.
Her work has been featured at venues throughout the United States and internationally, in Nepal, Germany, Scotland, France, Japan and the Czech Republic. Time spent alone as an artist-in-residence at the Scottish Sculpture Workshop Winter Residency in Darkness and Isolation; DRAWinternational in Caylus, France; and Künstlerhaus Schloss Plüschow, Germany contributed to her current interest in contemplation. Her degrees include an MFA from The Claremont Graduate University; MA in Religion and the Arts from The Claremont School of Theology; and in 1987 she attended Skowhegan School of Sculpture and Painting, where she was awarded a scholarship to study painting with Agnes Martin and traditional buon’ fresco with Lucienne Bloch.
In addition to her studio practice, she is a Fellow at the Academy for Catholic Thought and Imagination at Loyola Marymount University, where she is a professor and head of the drawing program in the Department of Art and Art History. Her teaching incorporates her expertise as an AmSAT certified teacher of the Alexander Technique with sacred and secular forms of contemplative practice instructing animators, designers, and artists in the drawing studio and freshmen in a first year writing seminar.