Jozie Furchgott Sourdiffe’s work embodies a fascination with anatomy and the juxtaposition of human culture to the natural world. She has always been interested in the power of art as a voice and vehicle of social change, much of it influenced through her outlook on the world as a queer femme. Her recent work has focused on the complexity of illness and disease and the cycle of life and death, a subject that is ordinarily avoided in contemporary western dialogue. This current body of work features large paintings with gold altar piece panels heavily influenced by Renaissance era religious art and relics. Although Jozie’s work is not religious, she is drawn to how death and the physical form of human suffering is portrayed. Another body of her recent work focuses on the intricacies of gender and sexuality and how that influences how we each move through this world.
Jozie was born in Lincoln, Vermont in 1986. She works in various mediums but predominantly in printmaking, painting, and handmade Artists Books. She received her BFA from Hampshire College in Amherst, MA in 2008. Jozie has had her work exhibited in various solo and group shows 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.
In a more commercial vein, Jozie founded her company Feisty Ink Designs in 2008. Feisty Ink is a collection of wearable art through handmade resin jewelry and hand printed silk screened apparel. Her work is sold at various boutiques and artist markets. In 2011, after a nine month apprenticeship, Jozie received her tattoo license and 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. Some of Jozie’s clients include Burton Snowboards who commissioned Jozie 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. Jozie has also done commissions for various musicians such as Tomas Diaz, Julie Frost, and Toubab Krewe amongst others. Within all of these diverse mediums, commercial and non, Jozie’s style is distinct and immediately recognizable while constantly expanding and evolving.