Jamie Bilgo Bruchman
Textile/Mixed MediaPrintmakingPaintingsDrawingsWatercolor
Artist Statement

Nature is my true release; a place to feel small, to question and observe - ultimately, a place to feel grounded. The variety of structures, species and adaptive phenomenon is an immense well of curiosity for me. My work is a reflection of my investigations and gathering, often weaving between physical micro/macro patterns and dipping into spiritual metaphors.

The historical and modern incorporation of flora and fauna into daily life is of deep influence to my work. Natural elements and myths are found across cultures on objects like textiles, accessories, ceramics and doorways. These same elements are also incorporated into practices like yoga and shamanic worship to achieve peace in the body, and in stories describing the seasons of life.

I love the idea of art as alchemy. Experimentation with process--blending painting, printmaking, installation, photographic and textile techniques--allows me to play with building up and breaking down patterns and textures in an effort to emulate and navigate complex visual, natural and emotional environments.

“I really love printmaking. It’s like a mystery and you’re trying to figure out how to rein it in.”
—Kiki Smith


BIO
Jamie Bilgo Bruchman is a mixed-media artist and printmaker. The daughter of a horticulturist and an auto mechanic, her fascination with plants and making things by hand began at an early age. Jamie earned her BFA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and also studied abroad in Peru and Italy. She has exhibited throughout the Milwaukee area for over 10 years. Jamie completed her 2-year Artist in Residence program at RedLine Milwaukee in 2016, and currently maintains a studio practice as an alumni.

As part of her passion for creating community, Jamie organized & curated the first official SWAN Day MKE exhibition in March 2016 (Support Women Artists Now Day) at RedLine Milwaukee. She also serves as the Urban Ecology Center - Menomonee Valley Art Committee Chair, was a teaching artist for Milwaukee Art Museum’s Art Express teen mural program and has been part of various public printmaking workshops. Jamie has also been a part of community exhibits at Walker’s Point Center for the Arts, has exhibited at the Urban Ecology Center, MOWA, John Michael Kohler Arts Center and was the 414 Artist Feature at MAM After Dark.