About My Work:
Meredith Jack, 2023
My work has always been abstract, although not always non-objective; I continue to feel that mimesis of the natural world should have a specific purpose to the image rather than the reason for the image. Regardless of medium, I tend to work in series, because I have found that as I make decisions regarding a piece there are always alternate decisions that are just as interesting. Each piece generates a half dozen others.
Usually, I do not work from drawings or maquettes; however, most three-dimensional series have an accompanying two-dimensional series. I begin from a vague notion that this part should go with that part and will look sort of like this, but I’m never certain until I have done it.
ABOUT MEREDITH (BUTCH) JACK
Meredith Jack studio, in preparation for Bert Long's Houston Art Scene exhibition at O'Kane Gallery 1980
BIOGRAPHY: Meredith (Butch) Jack - 2023
I was born in Kansas City, Kansas on November 7, 1943, and grew up in the small, rural community of Tonganoxie, Kansas. When I entered the University of Kansas in the fall of 1961 I enrolled as a history major, with vague intentions of continuing into legal training. After two years in the general education system I entered into the Bachelor of Fine Arts program in the Drawing and Painting Department. I graduated in 1967 with an emphasis in Printmaking.
The next fall I enrolled as a graduate student at Tyler School of Art, in Philadelphia, PA. While in graduate school I found that my interests were primarily in the three dimensional areas and changed my major emphasis to sculpture I received my Master of Fine Arts degree in the spring of 1972. The next fall I accepted a teaching position at the University of Minnesota, Morris.
In 1976 I relocated to Texas, settling in Houston after I determined that neither Austin nor Dallas had the combination of art activity and intellectual climate that I was seeking. In the fall of 1977 I re-entered the teaching profession at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, where I am Emeritus Professor of Sculpture. During all this I have been twice married and divorced. I maintain my residence and studio in Houston