Jan Shoger
About the Artist   ---   Gallery

My sketchbooks are chock full of drawings of natural phenomena: logs caught in a stream, bird's nests, cells magnified 2500 times by the scanning electron microscope, rock formations, trees hanging tenaciously to nearly bare rock, great blue herons, twisted thistles, driftwood fragments, seeds picked up on a walk, shells found at ocean's edge, organic shadows from plants, striated stones or weathered bones.

My studio also is cluttered with nature's "treasures" I have found. Their forms and systems are mysteriously designed through eons of evolutionary processes. For me the natural world is an amazing phenomenon.


As I closely observe the natural world, it speaks to me about so much of life-

  • about serendipity
  • about life's interactions
  • about destructive forces
  • about nature's cycles and life's cycles
  • about interdependencies and enduring relationships
  • about time and memory
  • about change and enduring relationships
  • about permanence and fragility, order and chaos
  • about reality and illusion
  • about adaptability
  • and about new life springing from old
The natural objects I observe become windows of insight. My images be they in lithography, woodcut, intaglio or monoprint, are metaphors about our lives journeys.


Crossings at Carnegie, Zumbrota, MN. January 3 - Feb. 15, 2009
Plymouth Church gallery, Minneapolis, MN. September 6 - November 4, 2009
The Phipps Center for the Arts, Hudson, WI. October 30 - Dec. 6, 2009

Becoming Lace
"Becoming Lace"
Moeraki Rocks II
"Moeraki Rocks II"
hand-colored lithograph
Out of the Old Come the Young
"Out of the Old Come the Young"

Jan Shoger's Studio | 201 Oak Street, Northfield, MN 55057 | (507) 645-5236 | jshoger@rconnect.com
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