Meet The Artist: Jordan Rachel Taub

Photo: Courtesy of Jordan Rachel Taub

Tell us a little bit about yourself and your background.

My name is Jordan Rachel Taub, and I am an artist as well as an art educator from Texas. I went through an art magnet program as a high school student, and graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Arts from the University of North Texas. As I grew into my role as an art educator, my voice became stronger within my personal artwork. I found Judaica and a strong sense of purpose within my craft. As an artist, daughter, and teacher, I believe that everything is connected. The proof is in the glue that is still attached to many surfaces in my childhood home.

What inspired you to become an artist?

I always knew that I loved all things art and its endless possibilities. I have always been open to creative processes of all kinds and connecting with the community. When I was little, I was blessed with a family that encouraged me to do exactly that. They provided me with a connection to the Jewish community, and materials to explore different mediums. Additionally, I advocated for myself as the time came to think about a path in high school. I took it upon myself to educate my family on the importance of auditioning for a spot in the visual arts magnet program. The best decision I have ever made.

What is your specialty?

I would call myself a mixed media artist with an emphasis in inks and paint. I am known for my innovative and evolving hamsa designs.

How and where do you work?

I am actually a full time Art Magnet Director at an Arts and Technology Magnet Junior High in Texas. I create my personal body of artworks within my at-home studio when I make time. I have developed a morning ritual to ensure that I have pencil to paper every single day. Then, I just wait to see what kind of creative magic flows.

What is the most indispensable item in your studio?

The most indispensable item in the studio is coffee and great music!

Where do you take your inspiration? Are you pursuing any themes?

I get a lot of my inspiration from family. My grandfather dabbled in art before he enlisted in the marines, and I have always admired his creativity. My cousin and l keep that alive within us. We check in regularly to discuss art goals. That helps to reignite a spark. Additionally, I find ideas through lessons that I teach in the classroom, art movements, nature, and colors that move me.

Do you do bespoke work?

Absolutely! I want all of my work to represent some layers of protection, vibrancy, and comfort.

What projects are you currently working on?

I am currently working on #the100dayproject which is an exercise in creating a creative ritual. I wake up each morning and develop drawings or advance with media application. I began this adventure on February 1st 2020. There are so many possibilities and I can’t wait to see where the journey takes me.

What are your favourite items in your current collection?

My favorite items are probably my new mini hamsas! I always worked on a fairly large scale until I started #the100dayproject. The minis are playful and could fit in any kind of space. 

How do you know when a piece is finished?

Is it really ever finished? There comes a time when I have to step away and learn to be content with the process. It is a peaceful feeling.

What was the first artwork you ever sold?

The first piece I ever sold was a painting that represented connection. It was a commission for a woman in New York City and I had just graduated from college. I actually hadn’t even started teaching yet. She found examples of my artwork through a small studio that I was working at during that moment in my life. It was serendipitous.

Which project have you enjoyed working on the most so far?

I would have to say that my favorite project so far was an art show that I had on display for a few months at a local coffee shop. It was the first time that I had my work on display as a solo show! It took a ton of work to get enough original pieces to pull it off.

What do you want to achieve with your work and what are your wishes for the future?

I hope to achieve authentic connection and provide joy through the sharing of my artwork. In theory I want it to travel, be part of daily rituals, and bring serenity to all.

Where can we find your work?

You can find my artwork and connect with me through my IG @JordanRachelTaub

Photo: Courtesy of Jordan Rachel Taub

Photo: Courtesy of Jordan Rachel Taub

Photo: Courtesy of Jordan Rachel Taub

Photo: Courtesy of Jordan Rachel Taub

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