Art Form & Inspiration
I enjoy sculpting and photographing my handcrafted masks in unique landscapes. As I work the masks begin to take on the personality of the terrain and the animals that inhabit the area. Sometimes my masks are inspired by a fossil or a single artifact.
Each mask becomes an expression of the landscape, with characteristics emerging as sharp angles, prickly spikes, gentle curves, or rounded edges. Modeling and documenting the mask in the place that inspired it makes each project feel complete.
Jym is an Associate Professor of Art at Reinhardt University, where he started the Digital Art program. He is an Artist and Photographer whose work has been shown around the world. His exhibition record includes artwork shown in Germany, The Netherlands, Austria, Russia, and Greece.
He has presented work at The Anthology Film Archive in New York City and at the Lewis Glucksman Gallery in Ireland. His artwork is featured in the textbook Digital Art: Its Art and Science (Pearson, 2009) and in Rich Community: An Anthology of Appalachian Photographers (Sapling Grove Press, 2015).
He was recently included in Photography Forum’s “Best of 2015” Annual. He has received numerous grants and fellowships. In May of 2016 he will be Artist-In-Residence at Shankill Castle in Ireland.