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Janet L. Rutkowski
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Greenpoint



ARTIST STATEMENT: Great art, whether it be visual, sculptural, functional or audio, has a presence, a spirit which is truly felt. We seek to incorporate that presence , that spirit into every piece we create.
Art is an unfounded religion whose inspiration comes from a divine source. That power is within each of us, and we should use it in everything we do, in all walks of life. It is the power of transformation. Transformation of the mundane into the divine.” My company BFD Firehouse Studios originated in the 1980''s in a restored firehouse in Brooklyn. Along with my husband,Walter Kenul , our work has shown throughout the New York City Area and featured in many newspapers and magazines. We have been listed twice in H+G's black book of best artisans. “The "Oracle" a functional sculpture has been featured in the catalogue of the International Contemporary Furniture Fair. It is now part of an ongoing book project. Last year it was featured in the Black Madonna Show at the H.P. Garcia Gallery. It was also shown at the 2009 Florence Biennale. 2011 has inspired a new series of larger scale public works entitled “Summer of Love” inspired by the iconic peace symbol so prevalent during the 1960’s. Constructed from found materials, one hundred year old barn beams, antique saw blades, cut nails etc. each piece expresses the need for a return to a more peaceful existence, worldwide. These sculptures then found their way to Bethel Woods and will be on display through the 2011 season.
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  • Twenty Fifteen Moonscape
    2015
    Painted Steel
    30" x 96" x 10"
    Twenty Fifteen is the first piece I started for my Planetary Landscapes series. It was the last to finish. This dramatic outdoor sculpture would work in both an urban or bucolic setting. Painted steel

  • Tencendor
    2014
    Patinated and Natural Steel
    34" x 14" x 2.5"
    Tencendor is my newest horse. Inspired by my reading of The Game Of Thrones books by George R. Martin, this destrier is in full battle gear. Tencendor was the war horse of King Charlemagne during the

  • Guardian of the Portal
    2015
    Patinated and Flame Colorized Steel with Nails
    9.5" x 9" x 3"
    Guardian of the Portal is my newest in the Rift series. It is the first completed piece of 2015. An opening into another plane of existence is being guarded by this tiny ornate dragon with wings made

  • Dark Matter
    2014
    Patinated and Natural Steel
    6" x 6" x 2"
    Dark Matter is a new piece in my "Cosmos" Series. A small scale wall relief suggesting the expanse of dark matter. A patinated base plate upon which a mass of molten energy reaches across sp

  • Rhaebus War Horse
    2013
    Steel ,Masonry Nails and Wood
    32" x 33" x 8"
    Rhaebus: War Horse is my latest and most intricate horse sculpture. Inspired by the mythical Roman Etruscan king, Mezentius who leads his horse into battle to avenge the death of his son Lausus. This

  • Offering Of Peace
    2010
    Stainless Steel and 100 Year Old Barn Beams
    Offering Of Peace stands bravely as a symbol of hope. Two one hundred year old barn beams gently nestle the stainless steel peace symbol. An iconic symbol ever popular even in todays world.

  • Summer Of Love
    2010
    Steel,Cut Nails,100 Year Old Barn Beam
    Summer of Love is the first in the series entitled the same. Standing 9 feet tall this peace symbol is a reminder of what is needed in todays world. Constructed from cut nails and mounted on a 100 yea

  • Summer Of Love
    2010
    Steel,Cut Nails,100 Year Old Barn Beam
    Summer of Love is the first in the series entitled the same. Standing 9 feet tall this peace symbol is a reminder of what is needed in todays world. Constructed from cut nails and mounted on a 100 yea

  • Peace Isn't Negative
    2010
    Steel,Cut Nails,100 Year Old Barn Beam
    Peace Isn't Negative uses the negative pieces from a cutout of an antique saw blade. Cut nails border the edges of the cutouts which almost gives the appearance of stitching. The iconic peace sig

  • Keeper Of the Peace
    2010
    Antique Saw Bade and 100 Year Old Barn Beam
    Keeper of the Peace is part of a new series entitled Summer of Love. The iconic peace symbol is cut from an antique saw blade and mounted on an aged barn beam. In a world so in need of peace and harmo

  • Inner Peace
    2010
    Natural Steel and Barn Beam
    Inner peace is part of the Summer of Love series. In this sculpture the peace symbol is enclosed within two wing-like form

  • Convergence
    2009
    Found Object and Steel
    Convergence was inspired by a found object that had been moved from studio to studio until one day it took on form. The crescent shape at the top suggests the influence of the moon. At the bottom the

  • Cymbalic Journey
    2011
    Stainless Steel and Cracked Brass Cymbal
    Cymbalic Journey was inspired by the gift of a cracked cymbal from a musician friend. Posed atop a very geometric linked form, the cymbal, sun-like is pierced by a crescent shape. A spiritual journey

  • Infinite Possibilites
    2009
    Stainless Steel
    Infinite Possibilities is part of the "Rift" series, inspired by the Golden Compass Trilogy by Philip Pullman. These pieces explore the possibility of an entrance into another realm of exist

  • Catalyst
    2007
    Natural Steel
    Catalyst is part of the Rift series, inspired by The Golden Compass Trilogy by Philip Pullman. Think of the rift as a portal, a blocked passageway, entangling the elements of challenge, loss, suff

  • Rift
    2007
    Natural Steel
    The Rift is the first in the series, inspired by The Golden Compass Trilogy by Philip Pullman. The rift is more to me personally then a perchance opening into another realm.It represents my own inner

  • Prediction I: Solar Flare
    2011
    Natural Steel and Stained Glass
    Prediction I : Solar Flare is a small but powerful piece which suggests cosmic movement and change.
 








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