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Rising Stars: Meet Jordan Buschur

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jordan Buschur.  

Hi Jordan, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
My mom always encouraged me in creative pursuits. Joining a choir as a child led to summers at Interlochen Center for the Arts, where I took a class in painting. That experience set the path that I am still on today. Through the variety of ways that I’ve been involved in the arts, from teaching to curating and much in between, I have always maintained a studio practice, usually in painting. This dedication has led me to many interesting and rewarding experiences; I’m so grateful to continue to have the opportunity to paint. 

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
The reality is that I have always needed to have a job, and I have always wanted the community that comes with an arts-related work environment. It does mean that sometimes my studio practice gets less time. It’s difficult to balance all of my responsibilities (from work to studio to parenthood to leisure), but the key for me is to remember that everything is always in flux, and the balance that feels right in this part of my life may not fit the same in the future. 

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I make paintings that focus on collections of objects ranging from stacked books to interiors of drawers, all united by a system of value based on mystery, sentimentality, and a matriarchal connection. Lately, I have been working with images I photographed in the house my grandparents lived in for over 40 years as it was in the process of being packed up. I’m so curious about the ways that we assign meaning to objects, it is so personal and idiosyncratic. 

We’d love to hear what you think about risk-taking?
A lifelong pursuit of the arts in our capitalistic society is itself a risk. There is no guaranteed return. It didn’t feel like a choice to me, and I am so grateful that I have the drive to continue pursuing a creative life, even with risks all along the way. To me, the reward is a vibrant life of the mind, engagement with a creative community, and the opportunity to use critical thinking skills throughout. 

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