The Intersection of Art and Loss

Jody Cukier, a Hampton Bays artist, works with seashells and marine-life fragments as a way “to find beauty in that which is broken,” following the tragic loss of her thirteen-year old daughter, who was killed crossing the street for a school bus in Los Angeles. After tackling street safety initiatives and peer support activities, she returned to her native Long Island to focus on the full-time pursuit of artistic expression, creating sculptures and abstract assemblies, the photographs of which culminated in her first solo exhibition, “COME SHELL OR HIGH WATER.” Through imagery and observations, Jody will describe her artistic journey and how she “needed the vastness of nature to make smaller the magnitude of my ache,” using the soothing rhythms and design elements found in nature.

Thursday, September 22 7-8 PM

Free to attend. Donations of any amount are greatly appreciated.

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Jody studied art and psychology at Harvard College, where she received a B.A., before a career in advertising at Ogilvy & Mather in New York. She then earned an MBA at Harvard Business School, leaving the East Coast for a career in motion-picture marketing, and remains a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. 

Now deeply immersed in the local art community, Jody’s work has appeared regularly in member shows with the Southampton Artist Association, Water Mill Museum, Guild Hall, and the Shelter Island Historical Society. Images and stories about her work have been published in Southampton and Sag Harbor newspapers, as well as Hamptons Real Estate Magazine. She was a presenter at PechaKucha Night at the Parrish Art Museum and recently delivered a similar survey of her work for the Pollock-Krasner House in East Hampton.

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