From Jordan in Chattanooga, Tennessee
I believe that whether or not an artist consciously chooses to reveal her true self in her creations or whether she wishes to be deliberately mysterious and enigmatic, there will always be a hint of truth or a vein of authenticity that runs throughout her work. Not that Jordan would try to be purposefully deceptive- I know her personally, and I have always found her to be honest in the extreme. But I make these statements about the inherent truth in an artist’s work simply to say that I could picture no composition that is more representative of Jordan’s personality than what she has produced here. While the whole of her being could in no way be reduced down to a single picture, this work does serve as a nice summation of the nuances of her bright, quirky and endearing personality.
I have been out of contact with Jordan for quite a while, and strangely enough, this project has served as a means of reconnection between us. Although Jordan is not a stranger to me, the time apart has changed both of us, and as a result, when we talked just recently it was as if I was reconnecting with an old friend and meeting someone new all at once.
Probably one of the first things that the viewer will notice about this picture is the antique photograph that serves as a backdrop. Whether or not this picture is an actual heirloom of Jordan’s and holds personal significance, I can’t say for sure. But regardless, this photograph does possess at least some symbolic meaning. You see, Jordan is what you might call an “old soul.” Although she is young, she possesses a unique perspective on life and a wisdom that is typically only gained by people far beyond her years. A brief conversation with her will reveal to you a person whose worldview is one that is constantly curious but consciously deep and full of wonder. Just as the backdrop/photograph is careworn and old, Jordan is an individual who has known her fair share of hardship and has been through quite a bit in her relatively few years. But just as the photograph presents a young, seemingly carefree girl, Jordan also possesses a youthfulness and a thirst for life that is unrivaled by even the most vibrant of children. She has a zeal for new experiences and seeks to drink up all life has to offer, but at the same time she displays a maturity and a shrewdness of judgment that characterize a well developed sense of womanhood.
Moving on to the depiction of the wolf- Just as the lobo is presented in the foreground of this picture, Jordan’s social style and demeanor is up front as well. Like the wolf she is fearless and gallant, and she makes no bones about where she stands on certain issues or what her beliefs are. But as we all know, the wolf is also a mysterious creature that is as complicated and enigmatic as it is bewitching. It is changing and fickle but also marked by enduring characteristics of pride, freedom, and beauty.
And finally, the… um… tree thing(?) in the corner of the picture- In all honesty, I have no clue what this thing is or exactly what is going on here. But just as the other aspects of this picture shed light onto aspects of Jordan’s personality, so does this curious cartoon. As long as I have known Jordan, I have always pictured her mind to be an enchanted forest filled with whimsical thoughts and unique fantasies. Surely it is a place of magic and wonder where bizarre creatures of her own design mix and mingle with weird musings beyond comprehension. This addition to the picture is wild and unexpected, just like the artist herself.
In the end, I’m sure all of this just skims the surface of summing up Jordan as a person. Who can be defined by one picture or with just a few words? I’m sure that no one can, but ultimately the fact that Jordan took the time to create this beautiful work and send it to WBS does offer another hint to discovering who she is. It helps to prove that if nothing else, one simple word for her is accurate. And that word is… “friend.”