Jeanne Jaffe - "Unraveling the Knot- reexamining myths, history and narratives" Art Salon
Jeanne Jaffe (Delray Beach) - "Unraveling the Knot- reexamining myths, history and narratives"
Jeanne Jaffe is a sculptor and installation artist who recently moved to South Florida from Philadelphia. She says, “Inspired by an interest in anthropology, mythology, and psychology, my work explores how identity is forged from early, pre-verbal bodily experience through the later influences of language and culture. This is undertaken by investigating the use of metaphor and reexamining our cultural myths and stories.
In installations such as “Little Red Riding Hood as a Crime Scene”, “Eulogy for Nikola Tesla” and “T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets”, well known folktales, history, and poetry are re-imagined through a contemporary lens and made into multi-sensory environments. In these installations, sculpture, videos, interactive elements, stop motion animation and sound coexist in a multi-leveled composition. The different signifying systems of image, motion, language, and sound intertwine and highlight different aspects of our internal and external experiences. How we navigate multi layered experience, where signification and understanding is being endlessly reshaped, and how we create meaning and self-determination from the cacophony of sensation, memory, myth, and cultural history is the subject of all my work. “
Jaffe was a Professor of Art in the Fine Arts Department at the University of the Arts for many years, and is now Professor Emeritus. She is now the Coordinator of International Projects at the Jaffe Center for Book Arts at FAU in Boca Raton. She is also a visiting artist at Xian Academy of Fine Arts and at Tianjin Academy of Art, both in China, during the fall semester.
Works by Ms. Jaffe have been exhibited both nationally and internationally at such places as Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art Museum, Delaware Art Museum, Hillwood Art Museum, Akari Museum in Japan, Michener Art Museum, The Royal Scottish Academy of Edinburgh, Museum Rijswijk in Holland, London Craft Council Gallery, and the Seokdang Museum of Art in Korea. Her work has been reviewed extensively, including in Art in America, The New York Times, and Sculpture Magazine. Ms. Jaffe’s works are included in many private and public collections, in such places as Pennsylvania Academy of Art Museum, Akari Museum of Art in Japan, Seokdang Museum of Art in Korea, Zimmerli Art Museum, New Brunswick, N.J, Abington Sculpture Garden, Abington, Pa., Rutgers Center for Innovative Printmaking, New Brunswick, N.J, and Museum of Ceramics at Alfred University, Alfred, N.Y. Jeanne Jaffe holds a B.F.A. from Tyler School of Art and an M.F.A. from New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University.