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Michelle Jaffé
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Bushwick



ARTIST STATEMENT: Images 1-11 Expanding upon their intrinsic nature, I work intuitively with ordinary 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. Images 12-13 Ideas and desire collide & collude into thoughtless, even callous juxtapositions. Unchecked, unfiltered. How can one comprehend the utter lack of sensitivity to the placement of brutal images of war juxtaposed next to banal advertising slogans, whose only purpose is to serve late market capitalism at home. Images 14-15 Wappen Field: Work in Progress is a sculpture and sound installation comprised of 6 chrome plated steel helmets, resembling face guards. Each helmet’s discreet speaker animates the room with vocals, extended voice techniques and sounds created specifically for this work. A range of human emotion is given breath in this installation. Images 15-20 My sculpture distills the visual language of clothing to its essential form. Possessing its own grammar and syntax, clothing 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.
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  • It Meets Andy (Warhol)
    2010, Detail View
    Felt, Galvinized Steel   74 x 48 x 48"

  • It Meets Andy (Warhol)
    2010
    Felt, Galvinized Steel   74 x 48 x 48"

  • Uber Twist
    2010
    Felt   12 x 11 x 16"

  • Twist
    2009
    EVA Foam   33 x 15 x 14 1/2"

  • MurMur
    2010
    Aluminum Rod   32 x 31 x 12"

  • Haiku
    2010
    Twist Ties   70 x 13 x 9"

  • Folie: Green & Orange
    2010
    Nylon Plastic, Acrylic   25 x 13 x 16 1/2

  • Folie: Green, Pink, Blue
    2010
    Nylon Plastic, Acrylic   18 x 17 x 20"

  • Folie: Green & Pink
    2010
    Nylon Plastic, Acrylic   13 1/2 x 15 x 17 1/2"

  • Wax On
    2010
    Visco Foam   9 x 10 x 9 1/2"

  • Wax Off
    2010
    Visco Foam   12 x 8 1/2 x 9"

  • Momento Mori
    2010
    Visco Foam, steel   14 x 67 x 24"

  • Subduing the Korengal Valley
    2008-2010
    Face Mount Plexi C Prints - 4   15 x 20" each image
    March 23, 2008, 4000th US Soldier Killed in Iraq, as reported in Sunday NY Times online magazine

  • Wappen Field: Work in Progress
    2008
    Chrome Plated Steel, Speaker Drivers, Aluminum   10.5' x 8.5' x 8.5'
    Work in Progress exhibition of Wappen Field at Broadway Gallery, Courtesy of Malka Lubelski Cultural Foundation, New York. Vocal composition played thru speakers into helmets.

  • Wappen Field: Detail
    2008
    Chrome Plated Steel, Speaker Drivers, Aluminum   12 x 8.5 x 6.5"

  • Cod Variations: Equus
    2007
    Anodized Aluminum   27 1/2 x 23 3/4 x 19"

  • Cod Variations: Condomania
    2007
    Anodized Aluminum   14 1/2 x 18 5/8 x 14"

  • Maillot Chaise
    2004
    Sandblasted Steel   40 x 46 x 86"

  • Large Cruciform
    2002
    Aluminum, PlexiGlass   81 x 38 1/2 x 26 1/4"

  • Preying Mantis
    2004
    Nylon Plastic   111h x 156w x 224d"
 








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