http://www.samjaffe.org

Bio

Bio coming soon.


Personal Statement

My recent work is a discussion of the relationship between automated mass-production and slow, painstaking processes that involve an individual's hand. The work is almost completely made using synthetic, acrylic (petroleum) yarns, industrial grade insulation, petroleum based stuffing, artificial dyes, and other objects or byproducts created as a result of mass production.  I then use these mundane, utilitarian materials to create one-of-a-kind, handmade objects full of lavish ornament and distinctiveness.  This juxtaposition serves to create puzzling situations where acts of discreet, individual creativity and the toxic colors, textures, and mutated forms of pop culture eventually come to some sort of strange understanding.  It makes one question what has been purchased and what has been handcrafted; that which was thought to be human in some way morphs into something horribly synthetic or artificial and vice versa. I'm trying to demonstrate that ornamentation is not frivolous, that it can still play an important role in visualizing the progress of culture even in a post-industrialized, post-modern world, and that, ultimately the hand-made can be redemptive, authentic, and humanizing.

 

Disclaimer: All work represents the views of the INDIVIDUAL ARTISTS & AUTHORS who created them, and are not those of the school or museum of the Art Institute.