Jeannie Pappas is a Toronto-based ceramic artist. She grew up in Cabbagetown one of Canada's most diverse neighbourhoods the youngest of four children to Greek immigrant parents. This became the ground of her experience.
She attended Sheridan College, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and is a graduate of The Ontario College of Art.
There is no one place that she may start, each piece of work is an amalgamation of words, thoughts, fleeting moments, and events past and present. Her desire is to capture, transform and then share these observations.
Jeannie seek's to reveal the vulnerable and pathetic side of the human condition as well as the heroic and the beautiful.
Her studio practice involves serious and playful endeavours as she melds animal and human fictional and non-fictional features together to develop specific meaning, symbols and psychological impact. This combination allows greater freedom in the creative process as it straddles real and fictional worlds.
Creating her work is a very personal and intuitive process, but one can say specific materials are consciously chosen to impact the final outcome of the work. For example, rough stoneware results in an gritty surface, allowing her to create characters that display deep set fatigue from unrelenting life experiences. In contrast porcelain's delicacy and sensual responsiveness conveys a softer part of life, and creates subtle gestures.