As an artist Jourdan Joly says he likes "to create work that makes people double take or second guess what they are seeing. I want to make something that intrigues people to wonder." His resin-cast ice creams and macarons fall into that category, made in all colors of the rainbow and beyond. Unlike the real thing, they last forever, even when half-melted. He started casting ice creams in 2012, inspired by fake food items popular in Japan. He started resin casting as an undergraduate, at Florida State University, where he got his bachelor of fine arts degree, then continued to expand and refine his understanding of the medium while in the master of fine arts program at the University of Georgia. Resin is durable and he can add color to it, which he likes, but it sets extremely quickly, so he has to work fast and plan ahead.
Why ice cream? He says the material drove the subject rather than the other way around, but people seemed to like the ice cream cones and other sweet treats. Would he make a cup of tea rather than an ice cream cone if someone wanted it? "I would do it in a heartbeat," he says. Given his desire to please, color drives his work, as in "Faded," where ice cream is palest where it touches the cone and progressively brighter with each additional scoop.
Joly uses the words "pop art" to describe his work, and it has a similar lightheartedness and desire to plumb and elevate shared culture. He says of his work, "Even if it's not some grandiose philosophical conceptual artwork, it can make people stop and think even if just for a second. Really the main purpose of the work is to spread joy and happiness. The fun subject matter brings a smile to a lot of people and that in turn makes me feel really happy and accomplished as an artist."
• 1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle
• Finished Puzzle Size: 19.25" x 26.625"
• Linen pieces on quality blueboard backing
• Matte Finish to reduce glare
• Recommended Age: 13+ Years