The Susan-Berko Conde Gallery/E. M. Berko Archive is pleased to present an exhibition of new works by the artist Michelle Jaffé.
Michelle Jaffé’s works draw attention to architectural elements which the eye would ordinarily dismiss, such as corners and heating ducts. An effort is made to coax out the sculptural qualities of the architecture of the space as well as the elements of the mundane as expressed through ordinary materials which can be used to make sculpture. For the artist, the sculptures are a way of creating interventions in space, akin to musical notes, phrases and pauses. The artist is working intuitively in response to the materials she chooses, allowing them to organize themselves in ways that expand upon their intrinsic nature as perceived and sensed by the artist.
Elements expressed in this exhibition are the artist engaged in working with color and a desire to find humor, joy and abandon in the creative process. As well, the artist is deliberately trying not to censor aspects of creativity that may seem ‘silly.’ The artist views this not as the denial of the seriousness of reality but rather as a way to celebrate the abandon and freedom which the artist is feeling through the creative process.