My name is Jodie Bliss, and I am the owner of Bliss Studio & Gallery in Monument, Colorado. I am a practicing artist blacksmith, metal fabricator and glass blower. I create everything from fine art sculpture to custom gates and large scale public art. I particularly admire the way that public art can be intertwined with a community. It can serve as a representation of our collective selves, celebrate our present time, honor history and inspire our communities and our futures. I have experience creating,
fabricating and installing both custom sculpture and fine art public sculpture.
Currently I have public sculptures located in Salina, KS, Denver, CO, Colorado Springs, CO, and Monument, CO. Additionally I have created custom sculpture for private clientele in Colorado, Kansas, Minnesota, Florida, Arizona, California, New York, Hawaii, Oregon, Rhode Island, Belize and Germany. I provide and exhibit hanging sculptures as stage art to both the Town of Monument Music in the Park
event and University Village Concert Series, organized by Wayne Hammerstadt. I mentor senior college students from University of Colorado, Colorado Springs in designing and building monumental sculpture. My public sculptures are designed to be viewed both by pedestrians and by motorists with consideration to existing architecture and are finished to withstand the elements.
My artistic purpose has evolved throughout the years, as I think any good purpose will. In my early career I focused on creating work inspired by my own emotions and expressions of the journeys of people close to me. Although I still create some work wholly for myself when working through a struggle or experiencing a profound joy, I believe my purpose at this moment in my life is communication. What began as a general interest in human psychology and evolved into a more specific interest in tribal culture, specifically ceremony and masking, has again evolved alongside my interest in creating large scale public and private art pieces to a concentration on the state of the individual, whether that individual be a person, a community, a town or a culture.
I have been working in metal for over 15 years. In those years I evolved from jewelry fabrication into larger steel sculpture fabrication and eventually into blacksmithing. My use of traditional blacksmithing and metal fabrication tools and techniques in non-traditional ways along with the blowing of glass directly into steel sculptures brings a unique style to the table that you will not find elsewhere!