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Jori Louise Cheville moved to Kansas City, Missouri in 2000 to attend the Kansas City art institute and graduated in 2004 with a BFA emphasis in Ceramics. After graduating, she maintained a studio and created works on commission. During this time, Jori opened a business in Kansas City, KS called J. Bird Studios.  J. Bird Studios was open from July of 2007 to June of 2009 and consisted of six artist studios and an art gallery. From 2005 to the present, Jori has worked and volunteered for the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center assisting in show installation and office administration. Currently, she is a third year graduate student in Fine Art and a graduate instructor at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS. As well, Jori is working as gallery coordinator at Red Star Studios.
I create work as a memoir through visual symbolism allowing me to give voice to thoughts and emotions that dwell inside.  Relationships, fleeting moments of significance, the small sensory subtleties of memory, cherished objects that I have attached meaning to, and my ever changing state mentally and physically all inform my sense of self, where I came from, and where I am going. 

On one hand, I am visually emphasizing the extremes of life through accumulation, vivid color, bold markings and textures; visually communicating the nuances of life through delicate line quality, a soft color palette, and calm and repetitive subjects to indicate meditation and the passage of time. On the other hand, I am balancing the extremes by visually communicating the nuances of life through delicate line quality, a soft color palette, and calm and repetitive subjects to indicate meditation and the passage of time.

My hope is that as I revisit these parts of my life I am able to reflect on and release negative fragments that have a hold on me and cherish the positive.

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