- Soul Junk
- Wappen Field
- Neural: Cleave
- Tea with Estelle
- Subduing the Korengal Valley
- Share...The Cod Variations series riffs on medieval cod pieces or contemporary jock straps, worn as a protective devices. Some cod pieces combine with the shape of the torso, where the exaggerated line evinces the hubris of a nation, at the juncture where it meets the comic, suggesting the Logo and caricature of the Cartoon Action Hero. These works conflate contemporary politics with medieval history.My sculpture distills the visual language of clothing to its essential form. Clothing, possessing its own grammar and syntax, is examined for its psychological potential to question the signals we send both consciously and subconsciously. I am interested in how we display and mask the body and our selves. Clothing is explored as shelter; both psychic & architectural space. Crystallized & compact, the sculptures are psychological containers that reach deep into collective memory, while referencing design, fashion and cultural cues.
I work intuitively with banal materials, to coax out the sculptural qualities inherent in planar materials such as twist ties, felt, foam and aluminum rod. These works explore volumetric drawing in space, akin to musical notes, phrases and pauses, and at other moments a constellation of unexpected form is created.
I work with color in a desire to find humor and joy in everyday materials, heightening awareness to the potential laying dormant in the ordinary around us. Being open to the moment, perceiving the magic and power of Now, is a way to elucidate the potential beauty of being, amidst & against the backdrop of a complex, often fearful & divided political reality.
Though absent, the form implies the body by presenting an abstracted image of an out sized female undergarment. The work evokes such conflicting primal emotions as seduction, power, and its correlative slavery, beauty, narcissism, fear, the motivating force of sexuality, the nurture of the young vs. killing of the offspring, and public vs. private persona. Who is in control, and who is on top?All images, sound, video & text (with exception to listed Authors), © Michelle Jaffé, 2000-2018 An icompendium Site