Jamaica Plain Open Studios Gallery
Jessica Burko has been an exhibiting artist since 1985 and has displayed work in solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States. Burko’s current series, False Symmetry, is inspired by memory, dreamscapes, self-reflection and the theater of the domestic. Each piece combines found ephemera, photographic images, encaustic medium, and reclaimed wood. Unifying discarded materials as a way to reclaim the past and blend it with the present while exploring identity is the primary themes in these one-of-a-kind works. Burko holds a BFA in Fine Art Photography from Rhode Island School of Design, and an MFA in Imaging Arts and Science from Rochester Institute of Technology. In addition to being a working artist Burko teaches mixed-media at The Eliot School in Jamaica Plain, and is also a community arts organizer and curator with more than thirty exhibitions produced since 2001. Burko regularly lectures and leads Arts Marketing workshops with organizations such as The Arts and Business Council of Greater Boston, Mass MoCA’s Assets for Artists Program and the Danforth Museum.