JAIDRA DURANT

painting, ceramics, jewelry, dance

Contact Information:

Niad
1801 Rutherford Road
Greenville, SC 29609

Artist Statement

I have taken a convoluted course of growth and artistic evolution to land where I am today and my art reflects this journey. Through my work as a transnational fusion dancer, I became interested in both silk painting and henna body art. The movement of dye on silk reflects the movement of the body through space, often bleeding into unexpected places and combining in interesting ways. The use of resist in the serti technique of silk painting mimics the application of henna to skin, creating continuity in two very different forms of artistic expression.

Further exploration has led me to utilize slip trailing on ceramic slab, translating the ephemeral nature of the henna style design into the temporary permanence of pottery. I discover joy in the intricately simple and the reflection of the natural in the created, so though I can spend days delving into an incredibly detailed silk or ceramic work, I also love to create small pieces, combining ceramic disks with bits of post-consumer scrap leather and copper to create jewelry or applying henna to deer bones to celebrate the natural, the ephemeral, and the delicate along with the earthy. My art is a dance, as my dance is also art, and it all works together to create a whole greater than the sum of its parts.