Jozie Furchgott Sourdiffe's (b. 1986)  work embodies a fascination with anatomy and the juxtaposition of human culture to the natural world. Her art practice is influenced by the transformative power that art holds, how it can shift culture and reach across divides. How art can be a mechanism for healing and igniting conversations and thoughts that are not typically the easiest to access. Her work discusses themes of gender and sexuality, much of it through the lens of her own experiences moving through the world as a queer femme. Her recent work "Vital Signs", has focused on the complexity of illness, caregiving, love, mourning, loss, and the cycles of life and death which manifested from a deeply personal space exploring the life journey stemming from when her partner, Andy Williams, was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia on December 18, 2012 and transitioned on December 26, 2013.

 

Furchgott Sourdiffe was born in Vermont and currently lives in Miami, FL. She works in various mediums but predominantly in printmaking, painting, textile design, fine art tattooing, and handmade Artists Books. Furchgott Sourdiffe's art practice is centered around pushing her artistic boundaries by constantly exploring new mediums and deepening her technical skills while staying true to her authentic voice and style. She received her BFA from Hampshire College in Amherst, MA in 2008. She completed an internship at Wingate Studios in Hinsdale, New Hampshire in 2008-2009 in Intaglio print production. In 2011, Furchgott Sourdiffe completed a tattoo apprenticeship and received her tattoo license and has been a practicing tattooer since, she has built a large following over the years from Vermont to Miami to Los Angeles to Philadelphia for her custom surrealist pieces that have introduced a fine art approach in contrast to the usual iconography associated with tattoo culture. She has had her work exhibited in various solo and group shows nationwide including being a featured artist in  “Sex Work, Art Work” in New York City,  and in “Any Day: Artist’s On Death” at the Gage Art Academy in Seattle, Washington and most recently being a featured artist in “Garden of Eden”, an exhibition during Art Basel in Miami 2019.

 

In a more commercial vein, Furchgott Sourdiffe founded her company Feisty Ink Designs in 2008. Feisty Ink consists of custom graphic and product design, and a line of wearable art centered around unique textiles called Feisty Ink Threads, and commissioned porraiture. Some of Feisty Ink's clients include Burton Snowboards who commissioned Furchgott Sourdiffe to do a custom design for the women’s Talent Scout board that was released internationally in 2016. Burton describes the design as “Bad-ass with a touch of sass in an action-packed board” in their rep magazine.  Furchgott Sourdiffe has also done commissions  for various musicians such as Tomas Diaz, Julie Frost, Brown Bird and Toubab Krewe amongst others. Within all of these diverse mediums, commercial and non, JFurchgott Sourdiffe's style is distinct and immediately recognizable while constantly expanding and evolving.

 

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