JACKIE L. BRAITMAN

 

My artwork investigates how emotional tension is magnified in the rhythm of our

movements. I work in series; each series within this infinite topic explores different

aspects of motion or tension. There are multiple series represented in this exhibit –

ranging from very abstract and architectural such as the waltz series to highly

representational. For example, the waltz series investigates the how color, form and

positioning affect the flow of motion between 2 partners; The “Push-Pull” series – devoid

of color - investigates the physical lines of tension that characterize our interactions. Much

of the wall work investigates how our movement is magnified through our environment.

Since late 2006 I’ve been developing a sculptural language that uses clean architectural

forms to reference the human figure in motion -- a language that encompasses figures in

tension, at balance and out of balance as individuals wrestle with emotion and conflict.

I started working in glass in 2003 -- largely self-taught with occasional workshops with

nationally known glass artists including Roger Thomas, Steve Klein, and Jane Bruce.. My

artistic language comes from the diverse worlds of architecture and dance movement. I

enjoyed early success including selection in 2004 into a show curated by Sally Hanson:

“Transformed by Fire: Glass Today – An International Review” and as a finalist for “Emerge

2004” a biennial international art glass competition.

I am also an architectural designer spending each day at the intersection of art,

architecture, and design: The differences are of scale and technical requirement. With

both glass sculpture and architecture I work with space and light to evoke emotion. With

sculpture, I work in isolation to explore concepts and relationships. My audience is

potentially large but unknown. The technical challenges are in the execution. In many

ways, residential architecture is sculpture on a larger scale where a smaller, known

audience experiences the sculpture intimately from within and without and over time

periods of days, weeks, and years. The technical challenges come at the design phase

where I must meet a myriad of codes and regulations that may be at odds with the

aesthetics of my client. Paradoxically, it is the daily rigors of meeting the demands of

others that helps me understand and meet my own artistic voice. And vice versa.

 

Awards/Recognition

2008, Winner: Niche Award for Fused Glass, Sponsored by Niche Magazine.

2006, Art McMurdie Architectural Award, Takoma Park, MD 20912

2006, Finalist, E-Merge – Biennial Showcase of Rising Talents in Kiln Glass, Portland OR

2004, Finalist, E-Merge – Biennial Showcase of Rising Talents in Kiln Glass, Portland OR

 

Selected Recent Art Exhibitions:

2010: Solo Exhibit, Tysons Corner, Lerner Atrium, McLean, VA

2009: “The Body in Motion”, Solo Exhibit, BlackRock Center for the Arts, Germantown, MD

2009: Sculpture Now 2009, Washington Square, Washington, DC

2009: 2-person Exhibit, Tysons Corner Lerner Atrium, McLean, VA

2008: Solo Exhibit, Red Sky Gallery, Charlotte, NC

2008: 3-Person Exhibit, Glenview Mansion Gallery, Rockville, MD

2008: 2-Person Exhibit, Black Rock Center for the Arts, Germantown, MD

2008: “Glass Evolving”, curated by Habitat Galleries, VisArts, Rockville, MD

2007: National Glass Invitational, Salem, OR.

2007: Sculpture Now 2007, Washington Square, Washington, DC.

2007: 10th Annual National Juried Competition, Gallery West, Alexandria, VA.

2007: Arts Afire Gallery, Alexandria, VA

2006: E-merge 2006, Biennial international art glass competition, Portland, OR.

2005: Pilchuck on Display: An International Exhibition of Glass”, Seattle, WA.

2005: Pilchuck Glass School's 27th Annual Auction. Seattle, WA.

2005: Creative Crafts Council's 25th biennial exhibition, Mansion at Strathmore, Rockville, MD.

2005: Hot Glass in the Bluegrass, Lexington, KY.

2005: Materials: Hard & Soft, Dallas, TX.

2004: Fine Contemporary Craft Exhibition, ArtSpace, Raleigh, NC.

2004: DC Chamber of Commerce, Annual Business Awards Gala, Art Exhibition.

2004: E-merge 2004, Biennial international art glass competition, Portland, OR.

2004: Transformed by Fire: Glass Today”, International Glass Review, Target Gallery, Alexandria, VA.

 

Recent Art Commissions:

2007: Commercial: “The Light of One God”: Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church, Bethesda, MD.

2006: Private Residence: Glass & Stone Mosaic for Master Bath Shower Stall

2006: Private Residence: 3 Custom Light Pendants.

2006: Private Residence: Glass & Stone mosaic tabletop- 60" Diameter.

2006: Private Residence: Leaded Glass Window 60" x 60"

2006: Private Residence: Chandelier, 42" Diameter, 20" H.

2005: Private Residence: Kitchen with integrated glass, concrete and stone counter and backsplash

2005: Private Residence: Two "laminated" fused glass windows

2005: Private Residence: Glass tile shower stall and floor design.

2005: Private Residence: Abstract Waterfall design in glass tile for bath remodel.

2005: Private Residence: 3’x8’ Glass Mural.

2005: Private Residence: 3 leaded and fused glass windows

2005: Private Residence: Powder Room Sink and Accent Tile

2004: Private Residence: Powder Room Sink and Tile; Master Bath Sink & Tile

2004: Private Residence: 2 sconces & pendant light

2003: Private Residence: Garden Installation including 2 leaded-glass panels

 

Recent Press

October 2009, “Artist Searching for the Intersection of motion, emotion” Claudia Rousseau,

The Gazette Newspapers. ,

April 2008, AmericanStyle Magazine, “Sculpting a Home”, Feature Article.

June 2007, Washington Post, “Taking Advantage of ‘As-Is’”

April 2007, Statesman Journal, Salem Oregon, “Chemeketa displays works of contemporary artists”

April 2007, Washington Business Journal, “Act II” (on 2nd careers).

February 2007, Washington Post, “The Light of One God in glass, concrete & marbles”

February 2007, Montgomery County Gazette, “Artist’s Work Dedicated by Congregations”

June 2006, The Takoma Voice, “The Art of Living”

May 3, 2006, Montgomery County Gazette, “Artful Abodes”

January 27, 2005, Denton Record-Chronicle, “Cull of the Wild

 

Education

PhD, Decision Analysis, The Rand Graduate School. Formal education and work experience in

engineering project and program management prepared Braitman for the demanding technical

requirements and interdisciplinary coordination inherent in public and architectural installations.

Studied glass techniques under nationally known glass artists including Roger Thomas, Steve Klein,

Jane Bruce, Patty Gray, Judy Conway, and Kevin O’Toole.