Hey there! My name is Jodi Kolpakov.
I am a dynamic visual communicator, dedicated educator, and passionate foodie based in St. Louis, Missouri. With an insatiable curiosity and a desire to continuously challenge myself, I find joy in creating diverse art forms, ranging from zines to animated images to expressive caricatures. This constant exploration ensures that my artistic practice remains invigorating and ever-evolving.
I graduated with a BFA in Graphic Design from Webster University in 2018, followed by the completion of an MFA in Illustration & Visual Culture from Washington University in St. Louis in 2022. As a committed educator and a versatile freelancer, I specialize in the fields of illustration and digital media, utilizing these mediums as powerful tools of visual communication.
At the heart of my personal work lies a profound fascination with narratives, as I engage in thoughtful reflections on the nuances of time, place, and culture. With a particular focus on the captivating charm of rural Midwestern towns, I focus on the intricacies of my personal connection with these communities and explore their profound impact on society at large. Additionally, I embark on research ventures, delving into Soviet themes and their profound influence on visual culture, weaving together diverse threads of inspiration that enrich my creative practice.
My artistic style embraces a sketchy and exaggerated aesthetic, illustrated by exploring vibrant and evocative colors. Infused with a playful sense of humor, my creations serve as visual anecdotes, inviting viewers to immerse themselves in the narratives I present.
Besides art-making, you might find me joyfully belting out tunes at karaoke nights, searching for hidden treasures, or practicing my Russian language skills, which I must confess, are still pretty terrible. Connect with me on Instagram at @sloppyjodi and let's do a zine trade sometime!