Jacob Burmood

Jacob Burmood is a graduate of the University of Kansas, where he received his MFA in Ceramics in 2013. He graduated with a BFA in Sculpture in 2006 from Missouri State University. After graduate school, he moved back to his hometown of Springfield, Missouri, where he ran a studio creating work for shows, commissions, and public art competitions. He also taught Sculpture I as an adjunct professor at Missouri State University.

“As a child, I spent my free hours walking along a creek that had carved its way through a wooded area. All the forces that governed the path of the stream also governed the rocks, vegetation and creatures that surrounded it, and though their reaction to these forces differed, they remain related. Becoming part of the interwoven complexities that worked in conjunction gave a sense of deep harmony and simplicity, and is the basis of my inspiration.

As an artist, I create forms through multiple layers of process and material to discover an underlying order that unifies elements and forces as they converge. The initial material I choose, such as wire, screen or cloth, is plastic and given to immediate change—much like water. The process of its manipulation is not just driven by the pull of my subconscious—that gravity created by the collection of past experience, but also through new revelation given by the constant natural forces that affect us all.” – Burmood