Department ofArt and Art History

Pancho Jimènez

Pancho Jiménez

Senior Lecturer

Educational Background

M.F.A., San Francisco State University
B.A., Santa Clara University

Research

My work draws on the densely carved textures of the organic and geometric designs and hieroglyphs found in ancient works of art.  I am intrigued by the mystery of meaning that I find in ancient art, much of it in ruins, found in Mexico or other places in the world.  In my art I attempt to capture that mystery, that “eternal presence” of ancient art forms, which elicit particular emotions in me that may be universal and timeless.  Utilizing contemporary imagery mined from commercial ceramic molds, used most commonly in the decorative arts, I recontextuialize this imagery to suggest a vocabulary that is both familiar and mysterious.  Melding into one another these images suggest a dreamlike state where in images, like ideas, experiences and emotions come in and out of focus.

Courses

ARTS 33 Three Dimensional Design
ARTS 63 Basic Ceramic Sculpture
ARTS 163 Ceramic Sculpture
ARTS 196A Studio Arts Seminar