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Sculpting Genticorum

Sculpting Genticorum at Creative Alliance
Sculpting Genticorum at Creative Alliance on 11/15/19

Alex Laquement

Alex Laquement
Portrait of Alex Laquement, sculpted during the Oldtime Jam at the Five and Dime in Hampden on 10/8/19

Sculpting Chouk Bwa Libete

Sculpting Chouk Bwa Libete
Sculpting Chouk Bwa Libete at Creative Alliance on 11/9/19

Darius Scott

Darius Scott
Portrait of Darius Scott. Sculpted at Terra Cafe on 11/4/19

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About Jani

Baltimore City - Highlandtown A&E District

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Jani Hileman is a multidisciplinary sculptor whose practice navigates ceramics, metal, wood, and photographic media. Her work is often made with intensive hands-on processes that allow the materials to influence the final aesthetic of each of her pieces.   She draws inspiration from intensive processes, her materials, landscapes, personal experiences, feminism, environmentalism and politics. Hileman explores the everyday, the body, craft, gender, and the nature of objects through her works... more

Live Sculpting: Documenting Music & Musicians in Baltimore

Hileman is engaged in a three-year project during her residency at Creative Alliance to sculpt 500 ceramic portraits of musicians, created during live performances in the Baltimore metropolitan area. All 500 will be shown together at Creative Alliance in May 2021. These portraits are created live during performances, and are woodfired at Baltimore Clayworks.

Venues included so far:  Bertha’s Mussels, Le Mondo, Waverly Brewing Co, Black Cherry Puppet Theater, Mobtown Ballroom, Creative Alliance, Waterfront Hotel, Cat’s Eye Pub, 1919, Light City, North Ave Market, Terra Cafe, Union Collective, Function Co Work, Laughing Pint, Baltimore Clayworks, Five & Dime Alehouse, Baltimore Center Stage, The Crown, Upperco Music Festival, Zizzimos, WTMD 1st Thursdays, Dundalk Heritage Park, Friends of Patterson Park Pagoda Concerts, Reverb, Ottobar

Live Sculpting: Portraits 5

Hileman is engaged in a three-year project during her residency at Creative Alliance to sculpt 500 ceramic portraits of musicians, created during live performances in the Baltimore metropolitan area. All 500 will be shown together at Creative Alliance in May 2021. These portraits are created live during performances, and are woodfired at Baltimore Clayworks. Venues included so far:  Bertha’s Mussels, Le Mondo, Waverly Brewing Co, Black Cherry Puppet Theater, Mobtown Ballroom, Creative Alliance, Waterfront Hotel, Cat’s Eye Pub, 1919, Light City, North Ave Market, Terra Cafe, Union Collective, Function Co Work, Laughing Pint, Baltimore Clayworks, Five & Dime Alehouse, Baltimore Center Stage, The Crown, Upperco Music Festival, Zizzimos, WTMD 1st Thursdays, Dundalk Heritage Park, Friends of Patterson Park Pagoda Concerts, Reverb, Ottobar
  • Alex Laquement

    Alex Laquement
    Portrait of Alex Laquement, sculpted during the Oldtime Jam at the Five and Dime in Hampden on 10/8/19
  • Sarygtar Akeksei

    Sarygtar Akeksei
    Portrait of Sarygtar Akeksei of Hun Hurr Tu, sculpted on 10/14/19 at Creative Alliance
  • Darius Scott

    Darius Scott
    Portrait of Darius Scott. Sculpted at Terra Cafe on 11/4/19
  • Kaigal-ool Khoyalyg

    Kaigal-ool Khoyalyg
    Portrait of Kaigal-ool Khoyalyg from Hun Huur Tu, sculpted on 10/14 at Creative Alliance
  • Dan Samuels

    Dan Samuels
    Portrait of Dan Samuels from the Bumper Jacksons, sculpted on 10/4/19 at Creative Alliance
  • Frank Ecker

    Frank Ecker
    Portrait of Frank Ecker from The Wedge. Sculpted at Baltimore Clayworks during Firefest on 10/20/19
  • Nonoka Mizukami

    Nonoka Mizukami
    Portrait of Nonoka Mizukami of Pique Collective, sculpted on 11/1/19 at Union Craft Brewing
  • Dezron Douglass

    Dezron Douglass
    Portrait of Dezron Douglass, sculpted on 10/6/19 at Creative Alliance
  • Randi

    Portrait of Randi from Infinity Knives + Randi. Sculpted at Creative Alliance on 10/12/19
  • Dr. Don Donahue

    Dr. Don Donahue
    Portrait of Dr. Don Donahue, sculpted during the Oldtime Jam at the Five and Dime in Hampden on 10/8/19

Live Sculpting: Portraits 4

Hileman is engaged in a three-year project during her residency at Creative Alliance to sculpt 500 ceramic portraits of musicians, created during live performances in the Baltimore metropolitan area. All 500 will be shown together at Creative Alliance in May 2021. These portraits are created live during performances, and are woodfired at Baltimore Clayworks. Venues included so far:  Bertha’s Mussels, Le Mondo, Waverly Brewing Co, Black Cherry Puppet Theater, Mobtown Ballroom, Creative Alliance, Waterfront Hotel, Cat’s Eye Pub, 1919, Light City, North Ave Market, Terra Cafe, Union Collective, Function Co Work, Laughing Pint, Baltimore Clayworks, Five & Dime Alehouse, Baltimore Center Stage, The Crown, Upperco Music Festival, Zizzimos, WTMD 1st Thursdays, Dundalk Heritage Park, Friends of Patterson Park Pagoda Concerts, Reverb, Ottobar

  • Sasuki

    Sasuki
    Portrait of Sasuki of Chouk Bwa Libete, sculpted at Creative Alliance on 11/9/19
  • Chris Ouskey

    Portrait of Chris Ouskey of The Bumper Jacksons
    Portrait of Chris Ouskey of The Bumper Jacksons. Sculpted at Creative Alliance on 10/4/10
  • Cyril Jordan

    Portrait of Cyril Jordan of the Flaming Groovies
    Portrait of Cyril Jordan of the Flaming Groovies. Sculpted on 11/2/19 at Creative Alliance
  • Maloune

    Portrait of Maloune of Chouk Bwa Libete
    Portrait of Maloune of Chouk Bwa Libete. Sculpted on 11/9/19
  • David Wax

    Portrait of David Wax
    Portrait of David Wax of David Wax Museum. Sculpted on 10/23/19
  • Ari Plutznik

    Ari Plutznik
    Portrait of Ari Plutznik from Tidal Shifts, sculpted at Reverb Collective on 8/10/19
  • Mike Graham

    Mike Graham
    Portrait of Mike Graham. Sculpted at Terra Cafe on 11/4/19
  • Skye Paddock

    Skye Paddock
    Portrait of Skye Paddock of Tidal Shifts. Sculpted at Function Co-Work on 10/31/19
  • Brent Birckhead

    Portrait of Brent Birkhead
    Portrait of Brent Birkhead. Sculpted at Creative Alliance on 6/28/19
  • Nick Saia

    Portrait of Nick Saia of UHHM
    Portrait of Nick Saia of UHHM. Sculpted at Bertha's Mussels on 10/28/19

Live Sculpting: Portraits 3

Hileman is engaged in a three-year project during her residency at Creative Alliance to sculpt 500 ceramic portraits of musicians, created during live performances in the Baltimore metropolitan area. All 500 will be shown together at Creative Alliance in May 2021. These portraits are created live during performances, and are woodfired at Baltimore Clayworks.

Venues included so far:  Bertha’s Mussels, Le Mondo, Waverly Brewing Co, Black Cherry Puppet Theater, Mobtown Ballroom, Creative Alliance, Waterfront Hotel, Cat’s Eye Pub, 1919, Light City, North Ave Market, Terra Cafe, Union Collective, Function Co Work, Laughing Pint, Baltimore Clayworks, Five & Dime Alehouse, Baltimore Center Stage, The Crown, Upperco Music Festival, Zizzimos, WTMD 1st Thursdays, Dundalk Heritage Park, Friends of Patterson Park Pagoda Concerts, Reverb, Ottobar
  • Lafayette Gilchrist

    Lafayette Gilchrist
    Portrait of Lafayette Gilchrist, sculpted at Creative Alliance on 9/27/19
  • Billy McComiskey

    Billy McComiskey
    Portrait of Billy McComiskey. Sculpted at Laughing Pint during Irish Music Night on 10/30/19
  • Joseph Terell

    Portrait of Joseph Terell of MIPSO, sculpted on 8/8/19
  • Jason Kane

    Portrait of Jason Kane, sculpted on 9/20/19 at the Upperco Music Festival
  • Micah E Wood

    Portrait of Micah E Wood, sculpted on 8/3/19 at the Ottobar
  • Hannah Thompson

    Hannah Thompson
    Portrait of Hannah Thompson of the Homestead Street Band. Sculpted on 7/29/19 at Bertha's Mussels
  • Miles Gannett

    Miles Gannett
    Portrait of Miles Gannett of Fractal Cat, sculpted on 8/9/19 at Creative Alliance
  • Nicky Meara Bainbridge

    Nicky Meara Bainbridge
    Portrait of Nicky Meara Bainbridge of the Homestead Street Band, sculpted on 7/29/19
  • Tim Houston

    Portrait of Tim Houston from Coconut Head, sculpted at Bertha's Mussels on 7/29/19
  • Sambaton

    Sambaton
    Portrait of Sambaton of Chouk Bwa Libete. Sculpted on 11/9/19 at Creative Alliance

Live Sculpting: Portraits 2

Hileman is engaged in a three-year project during her residency at Creative Alliance to sculpt 500 ceramic portraits of musicians, created during live performances in the Baltimore metropolitan area. All 500 will be shown together at Creative Alliance in May 2021. These portraits are created live during performances, and are woodfired at Baltimore Clayworks.

Venues included so far:  Bertha’s Mussels, Le Mondo, Waverly Brewing Co, Black Cherry Puppet Theater, Mobtown Ballroom, Creative Alliance, Waterfront Hotel, Cat’s Eye Pub, 1919, Light City, North Ave Market, Terra Cafe, Union Collective, Function Co Work, Laughing Pint, Baltimore Clayworks, Five & Dime Alehouse, Baltimore Center Stage, The Crown, Upperco Music Festival, Zizzimos, WTMD 1st Thursdays, Dundalk Heritage Park, Friends of Patterson Park Pagoda Concerts, Reverb, Ottobar
  • Ana Veydó

    Portrait of Ana Veydó of Cimmaron, sculpted on 8/4/19 at the Friends of Patterson Park Pagoda Concert.
  • David Arnson

    Portrait of David Arnson of the Insect Surfers. Sculpted on 8/19/19 at Creative Alliance.
  • Dean Crawford

    Portrait of Dean Crawford, sculpted on 9/20/19 at The Upperco Music Festival.
  • Michael Winograd

    Portrait of Michael Winograd of Michael Winograd & The Honorable Mentshn. Sculpted at Creative Alliance on 9/21/19.
  • Tina Karsberg

    Portrait of Tina Karsberg, sculpted on 9/2/19 at a local backyard jam.
  • Andrew Young

    Portrait of Andrew Young, sculpted on 7/1/19 at Bertha's Mussels
  • Brad Koldner

    Portrait of Brad Koldner, sculpted on 9/2/10 at a local backyard jam
  • Daryl Davis

    Portrait of Daryl Davis, sculpted on 9/27/19 at Creative Alliance
  • Jake Duhley

    Portrait of Jake Duhley, sculpted on 8/31/19 at Bertha's Mussels
  • Kian Karimi

    Portrait of Kian Karimi of Outside Smoke, sculpted on 8/10/19 at Reverb Collective

Live Sculpting: Portraits

Hileman is engaged in a three-year project during her residency at Creative Alliance to sculpt 500 ceramic portraits of musicians, created during live performances in the Baltimore metropolitan area. All 500 will be shown together at Creative Alliance in May 2021. These portraits are created live during performances, and are woodfired at Baltimore Clayworks. Venues included so far:  Bertha’s Mussels, Le Mondo, Waverly Brewing Co, Black Cherry Puppet Theater, Mobtown Ballroom, Creative Alliance, Waterfront Hotel, Cat’s Eye Pub, 1919, Light City, North Ave Market, Terra Cafe, Union Collective, Function Co Work, Laughing Pint, Baltimore Clayworks, Five & Dime Alehouse, Baltimore Center Stage, The Crown, Upperco Music Festival, Zizzimos, WTMD 1st Thursdays, Dundalk Heritage Park, Friends of Patterson Park Pagoda Concerts, Reverb, Ottobar

  • David Licht

    Portrait of David Licht of Michael Winograd & The Honorable Mentshn. Sculpted on 9/21/19 at Creative Alliance. Woodfired Ceramic.
  • Jeremy Lyons

    Portrait of Jeremy Lyons of the Pique Collective. Sculpted on 8/22/19 at the Heritage Park in Dundalk. Woodfired Ceramic.
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    Portrait of Sam Tocci of Crisco Dreams. Sculpted at Bertha's Mussels on 8/12/19. Woodfired Ceramic.
  • Sarah Sullivan

    Portrait of Sarah Sullivan of Sarah Sullivan and the New Old Fashioneds. Sculpted on 8/14/19 at The Patterson Park Pagoda during the free summer concert series hosted by Friends of Patterson Park. Woodfired Ceramic.
  • Michael Cohn

    Portrait of Michael Cohn of Haint Blue. Sculpted at The Crown on 9/25/19. Woodfired Ceramic.
  • Kim So Ra

    Kim So Ra, Korean Percussion Master. Sculpted on 8/16/19 at Creative Alliance. Woodfired Ceramic.
  • josh stokes.jpg

    Portrait of Josh Stokes. Sculpted at Creative Alliance on 8/18/19. Woodfired Ceramic.
  • Mo Pitney

    Portrait of Mo Pitney, sculpted on 9/20/19 at the Upperco Music Festival
  • Sean P. Finn

    Portrait of Sean P. Finn of Fractal Cats, sculpted on 8/10/19 at Creative Alliance
  • Walsh Kunkel

    Portrait of Walsh Kunkel, sculpted at Bertha's Mussels on 8/5/19

Home & Hearth

Works in Home & Hearth are reflections of common domestic objects.  By absorbing and recontextualizing these everyday forms into art, Home & Hearth reframes their focus from utility to critique.  Due to the unique indexical properties of the casting process, these objects evoke a domestic space within the gallery and open it up for conversation. Home & Hearth asks the viewer to take a critical look at their domestic spaces, the objects that inhabit them, and the roles implied by them.

Home & Hearth was shown at Maryland Institute College of Art in Pinkard Gallery during Feburary 2018.
  • View 1

    Installation View 1, Home & Hearth.
  • Clorox Bottle, Tide Bottle with Cap

    Clorox Bottle, Tide Bottle with Cap. Slip Cast Porcelain. 10"x 25"x5", 2018.
  • Mud Boots

    Mud Boots, Slip Cast Porcelain, 2018. Part of Home & Hearth series.
  • Cleaning Gloves with Sponges

    Slip Cast rubber cleaning gloves and sponges. Part of Home & Hearth series. Varied sizes. 2018.
  • Frying Pans

    Slip Cast Frying Pans. Part of Home & Hearth Series. 15"x10"x2", 2018.
  • Broom Detail

    Broom, Press Molded Porcelain. 50"x10"x3". 2018. Part of Home & Hearth series.
  • Shovel Detail

    Shovel Detail. Press Molded Porcelain, Part of Home & Hearth series. 50"x10"x5". 2018.
  • Install View 2

    Home & Hearth Installation View 2.
  • Hot Water Bottle

    Slip Cast Porcelain Hot Water Bottle. Part of Home & Hearth Series. 15"x10"x5". 2018.
  • Trowels

    Slip Cast Porcelain Trowels. 10"x2"x2". Part of Home & Hearth Series, 2018.

Terra Firma

Terra Firma is situated within the long history of narrative figuration and seeks to utilize this history and the implied constraints to activate our current political climate.These works show women as the vanguard; gaining personal power while facing hostile gender politics. Here, women are both maker and subject. The raw, powerful figures in Terra Firma portray women as aware, independent, powerful, and pushing boundaries. Pushing past the traditional feminine depiction of women in art as innocent, beautiful and accessible; these works examine the complexity of femininity today. Terra Firma taps into the resilience, diverse capability, and growing authority of modern women.

Terra Firma was shown at Maryland Institute College of Art during ArtWalk 2018 in Leidy Atrium. 

Narrative Figure