Cj Jilek, acclaimed ceramic artist and Mt. SAC professor, makes some of the trippiest, most un-clay-like ceramic art you’ll ever see. While Jilek creates all kinds of ceramic and multimedia artwork, she is best known for brightly colored, intricately detailed biomorphic forms, think sexually suggestive, psychedelic jungle flowers or undersea creatures from another world.
Jilek, also teaches at Chapman University, Chaffey College and Saddleback College, is maintaining an already busy schedule traveling, curating shows and exhibiting here own work.
In March, Jilek participated in,“Subversive Flower,” a show she co-curated for The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts NCECA Annual Ceramics Conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She was also recently a featured guest artist at Blackfish Gallery in Portland, Oregon.
Jilek’s work is currently on view through July 22, in the show, “Fahrenheit 2018,” at the American Museum of Ceramic Art AMOCA in Pomona. Her work was also featured at the McGroarty Arts Center 15th Annual Ceramics Exhibition in Tujunga through June 29, where her piece, “Perspective,” was awarded Best in Show.
Future exhibitions include, “Nature In/Forms,” at the Orange County Great Park, Palm Court Arts Complex from September 2 through November 11. A reception will be held Sunday September 2, from 1 to 3 p.m. Jilek is also a co-organizer of this exhibition. There are also plans for a solo exhibition at AMOCA late 2019.
In 2019, Jilek plans to travel to Bali for,“Biomorphics,” a workshop at Gaya Ceramics, August 4 to 17.
Jilek was also interviewed and profiled in detail here in 2017, and for additional information on Jilek and her work, visit her website.
Doug de Wet is the features editor of SAC.Media and a collector of words, ideas, sounds, flavors, and forms. He is suffering from existential dread, extreme self reflexivity, and the questioning of grand narratives.