Self-taught artist Jennfier Zurick has specialized in harvesting and weaving black willow bark since 1980. Zurick currently lives in Kentucky with her husband, Dave, and finds inspiration for her work in the surrounding environment.
"The joy of stepping out of my home and into the beauty of our garden and forested creek valley nourishes my creative spirit and enhances my life and work in countless ways. The willow tree bark I weave grows from the Kentucky soil. The Kentucky River is the waterway I navigate to locate those trees. The gardens I plant and nurture in the spring and summer, the wood fire I tend for warmth in winter and the sounds and fragrances of the forest that surrounds my home and studio are the organic elements in my life that seem inseparable from my work and the spirit it possesses."In addition to the environment, Zurick often finds inspiration from old, tribal textiles and ancient processes, with a specific emphasis on early Native American and contemporary Japanese basketry. She is the recipient of a 2010 United States Artists Fellowship and two Kentucky Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowships, and her award-winning work can be seen in several museum collections, including the Renwick Gallery at the Smithsonian Museum of American Art.