By Chris Bivins

Jacquline Hurlbert is pleased when she finds therapists are buying her work for their offices. Packed full of symbolism, her work is highly personal yet manages to speak to universal issues. Her figures express discontent, compassions, longing, disappointment, resolution, and bravery. Winged figures invite us on a quest for true spirituality, while others share our desire to cloak ourselves from the everyday onslaught of sensory overload. Her figures speak to the very essence of what it is to be human.

“My work is mostly figurative and pertains to psychological issues going on in my own life or in the world around me. But after having done this for some years, I realized the issues seem to be universal,” she says. “When you put your issues into your artwork you find that others have had the same experiences—that everyone has the same things going on in their lives and you don’t feel so alone.”

The full text of this article is available in the Fall issue of Artisan Northwest.

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