Stonework is published by Houghton College, a Christian liberal arts college located in New York’s rural Genesee Valley. Stonework seeks a diverse mix of mature and emerging voices in fellowship with the evangelical tradition. Published twice a year, the journal reflects the arts community at Houghton College where excellence in music, writing, and the visual arts has long been a distinctive.

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  • Issue 6
    Poetry by Paul Willis and Thom Satterlee. Fiction and interview with Lori Huth. Essay by James Wardwell, and student poets from Christian campuses.
  • Issue 5
    Poetry by Susanna Childress and Debra Rienstra. Fiction excerpt by Emilie Griffin. Art from Houghton's 2007 presidential inauguration and a forum on women writing.
  • Issue 4
    Matthew Roth--new poems. Diane Glancy--from One of Us and an interview. John Tatter-on gardens and poetry. The Landscapes of John Rhett. Stephen Woolsey--on the poetry of Jack Clemo. James Wardwell--on Herrick.
  • Issue 3
    Poetry by Julia Kasdorf, Robert Siegel and Sandra Duguid. Fiction by Tom Noyes. The portraits of Alieen Ortlip Shea. An anthology of Australian Poets
  • Issue 2
    Thom Satterlee - Poems from Burning Wycliff with an appreciation by David Perkins. Alison Gresik - new fiction and an interview. James Zoller - Poems from Living on the Floodplain.
  • Issue 1
    Luci Shaw — new poems with an appreciation by Eugene H. Peterson & Hugh Cook — new fiction and an interview

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Swallow - Artist Statement

~ Jillian Sokso

In concept and theme, the primary narrative of my work deals with an abstract view of the female gender by personifying that role with depictions of animated objects that stereotypically represent femininity. In addition to these abstractions, the work deals in ideas about communication and relationship by way of a mark, lyrical and language based. Imagery used in this work has evolved from mental perceptions of occasion, environment and roles I have observed or own.

Most recently, my work has been examining my personal role in the lives of my immediate family, the role of wife and mother. During pregnancy, my husband’s hobby of birding became a conceptual draw for my work. I would consider the action and song of the species drawn to our bit of land, to the feeders and the vegetation we had cultivated. The incessant preparation on behalf of the bird to seek and gather mirrored to my own instinctive and obsessive need to ready my mind and life for the changes of that day, and those ahead. In addition, the role reversal that my family would soon acquire was a constant voice, what did it mean for us that our child would be primarily cared for by her father, while I worked out of the home? I love to consider our situation in contrast to that of the bird species, that the males are colorful and fancy, while the female, dull and uncelebrated, nests in guard over the future of the flock.

This collection of work continues to be an exploration of formal and conceptual elements charged and examined through process of media. A theme that overwhelms this work is the methodology of combining and composing imagery based in multiple medias within printmaking. The idea of the multiple within history has traditionally represented many of one image. This work represents multiples generated from much imagery, merging, overlapping and meeting in different ways through various method and technique. I have unquestionably realized that the work itself is brought about by exploration of concept and idea in relation to the evolution coursed when imagery moves from one media into another.