Jan Huling
  • Hoboken, NJ
  • United States
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In a recent review, the New York Times dubbed my work “oddball assemblages,” and aptly so. My three-dimensional collages combine found objects with surface design, sometimes touching on narrative themes. I’m particularly drawn to religious and political icons, inspired by a continuing fascination with indigenous and popular culture and world religions. By juxtaposing these icons with an eclectic assortment of objects, the viewer is challenged to consider common images within an altered context.

In each of my constructions, surface design is the key component. Seed beads adorn objects in colorful patterns, camouflaging their original circumstance, allowing us to see them as pure form without their usual connotations. The process is slow and meticulous, zen-like, with the choice of forms motivating color schemes and iconography.

Certain themes continue to resonate for me. The dolls I frequently include in my constructions explore dreams of childhood while removing them from the realm of cherished playthings. For me, musical instruments represent the lyrical joy that music imparts to our lives — and hearkens back to youthful dreams of virtuosity. Birds, in their quicksilver beauty, represent ultimate freedom.

I’m also now working on two-dimensional pieces, using tiny colored paper dots to embellish found images such as postcards. My goal in covering the surfaces of 3-D objects and flat images, is to transform the mundane, allowing us to imagine the magic within the familiar.

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5 day Beadism Workshop in Puerto Vallarta!

Posted on October 3, 2015 at 7:00pm 0 Comments

Join bead artists Nancy Josephson & Jan Huling

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At 8:06am on October 13, 2015, Brigitte Martin said…

Hello Jan -

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At 1:22pm on June 1, 2011, morgan glass gallery said…

We are so proud of your cover and story! We love all your work -especially of course, your teapot in our Teapots 5th invitational Show!


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At 6:53am on May 20, 2011, Linda Kaye-Moses said…
Gorgeous piece on AC cover! Way to Go!
At 5:24am on May 20, 2011, Christine Norton said…
Congratulations on making the cover of American Craft!!  Your work is incredible - I can't imagine having the patience (and eye sight!) to cover all of the objects - each piece is more incredible than the next!
At 1:05am on May 20, 2011, susan barton said…
incredible work! congratulations for making on the cover of American Craft!
At 6:59pm on May 19, 2011, jenny Fillius said…
"My goal in covering the surfaces of 3-D objects and flat images, is to transform the mundane, allowing us to imagine the magic within the familiar." Success! Goal accomplished and done very well I'd say. Mind boggling and beautiful. Congratulations on landing the cover!
At 4:33pm on May 19, 2011, L. Sue Szabo said…

marvelous work!  congrats to you.


At 4:09pm on May 19, 2011, Catherine Witherell said…
Hooray for you!  Your work is amazing and I am enjoying it very much!
At 3:44pm on May 19, 2011, Lorena Angulo said…
Congratulations for the ACC Magazine featured !!
At 3:33pm on May 19, 2011, Lisa Bayne said…

Fantastic work, Jan!  I loved seeing your work in the ACC magazine, and HAD to learn more about you.  Brava!



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