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Jean Seestadt
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Crown Heights



ARTIST STATEMENT: In my work, I explore the way fleeting moments become signs and symbols of a life as lived. Through collections, lists, counting, and images, I interrogate our relationship with our lives and deaths. Death is, of course, an extremely personal thing, but at another level, it is the most universal of human experiences. My work is oriented around these concepts, but I take materials seriously as research tools with conceptual weight. I am particularly interested in materials that generate discussions of temporality, failure, and the power of keepsakes. These have included mass-produced party balloons that I alter with hand-lettered text, online reviews laboriously reproduced through the traditional practice of hand embroidery, and found and repurposed used books with personalized gift inscriptions. Regardless of the materials or concepts I use, the most important part of my work is human interaction. I seek out people for lists and ideas, and I explore the remnants of interactions, using all of these to create artworks that represent life moments. These interactions are sources I use to try to tackle and understand how and when we hold onto moments, and how we mark them.
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  • Come Here
    2015
    charcoal, paper, plexi, silk, lace, wax, hair,
    24 x 60 x 42 inches

  • Cryonic Friends
    2017
    mixed media
    15 x 15 x 8 inches

  • FET
    2017
    mixed media
    15 x 15 x 8 inches

  • Eyes On Me
    2018
    charcoal on paper
    16 x 20 inches

  • Velveteen
    2018
    mixed media
    48 x 42 x 48 inches

  • Balloons
    2015
    balloons, pen, wood
    42 x 42 x 13 inches

  • Balloons (detail)
    2015
    balloons, pen, wood
    42 x 42 x 13 inches

  • Daily Letter, 378
    2015
    wood, paint, charcoal, paper, plexi
    15 x 15 x 8 inches

  • Daily Letter, 378 (detail)
    2015
    charcoal, paper, plexi, silk, lace, wax, hair,
    15 x 15 x 8 inches

  • Mourners
    2015
    mixed media
    20 x 20 inches

  • Bears
    2015
    mixed media
    36 x 44 x 28 inches

  • Bears (detail)

  • Enkidu
    2014
    mixed media
    24 x 24 x 3 inches

  • Forever
    2015
    mixed media
    42 x 42 inches

  • Inscriptions
    2014
    mixed media
    installation

  • Inscriptions (detail)

  • Inscriptions (detail)

  • Susan
    2014
    mixed media
    40 x 50 x 12 inches

  • Sarah
    2013
    mixed media
    50 x 40 x 24 inches
 








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