~Interview by Constance Humphries/October 16, 2016
Jordan Krutsch is an artist and designer residing in Cullowhee, North Carolina. Originally from Defiance, Ohio, Jordan graduated from Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio in December of 2010 with his bachelor in fine arts 3-dimensional studies focusing primarily in sculpture with a secondary focus in glass. After graduating, Jordan took a job as the studio technician at East Carolina University’s School of art and design in the sculpture and wood departments. Currently, Jordan is a candidate in the Master of Fine Arts program at Western Carolina University.
More information about Jordan and his work can be found at www.krutschworks.com
Below is an interview with Jordan explaining his creative process and his thoughts on the role of art in society.
Why do you do what you do?
I feel very impulsive when I make my work but in my mind there is a constant sort-of planning happening. It’s kind of a strange dichotomy that can lead to missed connections. I think this is why I have to make artwork. Ideas tend to develop suddenly. A spark of excitement about some random object I see, a question, a problem or even a convoluted solution to some mundane problem I’ve created for myself. I need to make what I end up making so I can develop a catalog of my thoughts/observations and continue with that organization. My work ends up being how I tend to perceive myself interacting with things which interact with other things.
I try not to fall in to analysis paralysis with projects. Over-thinking a simple act and questioning spontaneity leaves me feeling dissatisfied with myself. Sometimes I create a problem then figure out the most exciting way to bring its solution to fruition. Sometimes I sketch, pencil and paper or computer modeling but most often I get straight to building what I see in my mind. If the first thing made isn’t what I saw inside or if that image has changed I move on to the second prototype. I try not to consider anything completely finished since I can’t imagine filling everyone’s cup (let alone my own every time). Instead with each iteration of an idea-object there ends up another glass filled and another being emptied. Always room for conversation and opportunity for semi-clarification.
Tell us about your background and how you came to pursue art as a profession.
I built my first time machine around 8 years old (there were prototypes before that but never a working model). My grandfather dropped off things that were broken from his shop and I’d sometimes fix them or combine them into other objects. The aforementioned time machine worked well, not at traveling through time physically but at creating a moment in time that I travel back to constantly. With each trip back my imagination and curiosity grows in strength from when I was a child. Working in the field of art-making allows me to pursue all avenues of that curiosity.
Tell us what is integral to your work or process as a maker.
I enjoy being physical, it’s how I work through problems. I use to write music and lyrics but it wasn’t until playing the tunes and singing the words that it felt right. Reading and writing about my work is helpful and aids in understanding my understanding. Still, it’s not until I feel worked that work is made.
What role do you think art has in society?
From my experience I think art’s role is to inspire people to ask questions and make connections which lead to answers. Not all connections lead to answers directly. Ask enough questions and make enough connections and eventually something will make sense.