Original encaustic collage and mixed media art

Boston, Massachusetts

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Note from shop owner I'm taking a vacation from my Etsy shop but you can find me and my artwork on my website: Please visit, I'm looking forward to seeing you there!

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Aug 4, 2022

I'm taking a vacation from my Etsy shop but you can find me and my artwork on my website: Please visit, I'm looking forward to seeing you there!

Jessica Burko

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About JessicaBurko

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On Etsy since 2006

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Making art from found materials

I have been a practicing artist for as long as I can remember. I come from an "art family" with a landscape painter mother and a writer father, so making art was fully integrated into my life from a very young age. My earliest formal training was in photography, and I began exhibiting my photographs in 1985. Since then I have earned a BFA in Fine Art Photography from Rhode Island School of Design, and an MFA in Imaging Arts and Science from Rochester Institute of Technology. Throughout my years of study I have explored traditional photography, alternative processes in photography, and began experimenting with combining text, printmaking, and book arts techniques with my photographic images in the mid-1990s. For the past 5 years my work has been directly inspired by my journey through motherhood, self-reflection and the "theater of the domestic". I see each piece of my artwork as a non-linear narrative inspired by my life loud with children, laughter, cynicism, work, and vivid dreams.

All of my work is one-of-a-kind and I create it in my studio located in Boston's South End neighborhood. I have chosen not to make prints (reproductions) of my images so that I can insure that each person purchasing a piece of mine becomes a true art collector and can feel confident that they are adding something to their collection that no one else has. It's important to me that I make a direct connection with my collectors and knowing that they take home a piece that I built with my own two hands means a lot to me. Each piece that I create combines found ephemera* and vintage snapshots with my original photographic images. The collected parts are assembled with encaustic** on reclaimed wood. I use many collage techniques in my work including sewing and image transferring. The stitched, collaged, layered aspects of life, pieces of domestic space, and unexpected portraits in my work, are both real and imagined. One reason I utilize discarded materials in my work is as a way to reclaim the past and blend it with the present, and I also love giving new life to discarded materials.

My artwork had been displayed in solo and group shows throughout the United States including recent venues such as the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, the Attleboro Arts Museum, the Danforth Museum, Samson Projects Gallery, and the Rochester Museum of Art (NH). My artwork has also been published on the cover of Canadian writer Jenni Samprisi’s novel, iswas and can also be seen on the set of Ben Affleck’s 2010 film, The Town. You can learn more about me and my work on my website:

*ephemera: items of collectible memorabilia, typically written or printed ones, that were originally expected to have only short-term usefulness or popularity.
**encaustic: one of the world’s oldest and most archival art media. It is a combination of raw beeswax, damar resin and pigment. It is applied in molten form in layers, and fused at high heat.

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  • Jessica Burko

    Owner, Creator, Artist

    Jessica Burko has been an exhibiting artist since 1985 with solo & group shows in gallery & museum settings throughout the USA. She's also a community arts organizer & curator regularly leading Arts Marketing workshops for New England organizations.

Shop policies

Last updated on May 10, 2022
My artwork is created by me with my own hands. Each piece is original, I do not make reproductions. If you want to have a real piece of artwork created with passion and emotion with materials that have been found, crafted, and shaped, you've come to the right place.

To see more about me and my work visit my website:

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
Art is very personal. Purchasing art is a very personal experience. I want you to value the art you receive from me and be happy with your new acquisition. However, I cannot send art on spec, so please decide that you really want a piece before you buy it. I will not accept returns because you changed your mind.

Returns will be accepted if there is a legitimate defect with the piece and this will be assessed on a case by case basis.

Double check the image size as listed in the item description before you buy. Double check whether the piece is framed, unframed, ready to hang, or not, before you buy.

Please get in touch with any questions about these policies before you buy my work. I'm here to help!
Paypal is accepted here (which includes payment by credit card and debit card). Payment is expected at time of purchase.
All shipments are made via the USPS - if you would like faster shipping let me know and arrangements can be made. If you are located in Boston and delivery can be made by hand, shipping costs will be reimbursed.
Additional policies and FAQs
Custom work is created regularly so if you have your own photos, papers, and debris that you would like made into an original piece of artwork please contact me.