Biography

Meredith Jack

Butch At StudioI was born in Kansas City, Kansas on November 7, 1943 and grew up in the small, rural community of Tonganoxie, Kansas. When I entered the University of Kansas in the fall of 1961 I enrolled as a history major, with vague intentions of continuing into legal training. After two years in the general education system I entered into the Bachelor of Fine Arts program in the Drawing and Painting Department. I graduated in 1967 with an emphasis in Printmaking.

The next fall I enrolled as a graduate student at Tyler School of Art, in Philadelphia, PA. While in graduate school I found that my interests were primarily in the three dimensional areas and changed my major emphasis to sculpture I received my Master of Fine Arts degree in the spring of 1972. The next fall I accepted a teaching position at the University of Minnesota, Morris.

In 1976 I relocated to Texas, settling in Houston after I determined that neither Austin nor Dallas had the combination of art activity and intellectual climate that I was seeking. In the fall of 1977 I re-entered the teaching profession at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, where I am Emeritus Professor of Sculpture. During all this I have been twice married and divorced. I maintain my residence and studio in Houston.

 

Artist Statement

Because of my construction background, I have always considered myself a fabricator; a welder with abit of blacksmithing thrown in. However, through my teaching activities I have come to have an academic reputation as a ferrous temperature foundryman. In the ceramics world my identity is the manufacturer of CSI Turntables; we make and distribute “lazy-susans” for potters.

Aesthetically, my work has always been abstract, although not always non-objective, regardless of medium. I tend to work in series, because I have found that as I make decisions regarding a piece there are always alternative decisions that are just as interesting. Each piece generates a half dozen others. Usually I do not work from drawings or maquettes; however most three dimensional series have an accompanying two dimensional series. I begin from a vague notion that this part should go with that part and will look sort of like this, but I’m never certain until I have done it. The process of discovery is the enjoyment of making, if I knew exactly what something was going to look like when it was finished, I probably wouldn’t make it.