Jacqueline Shatz

Jacqueline Shatz's work was included in exhibitions at the June Kelly, Monique Knowlton, and Kouros galleries in New York City, and she has curated and organized many exhibitions, including CollageLogic, which was last presented in 2012 at Hampden Gallery at UMass in Amherst. She is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Individual Fellowship, a Craft Alliance New Techniques grant and several NYFA SOS grants. She was artist-in-residence at the Kohler Arts/Industry program, where she created a series of music box sculptures. She collaborated on sound and sculptural installations for Glyndor Gallery at Wave Hill and on Governors Island. She had a solo exhibition at The Garrison Art Center in 2015. Most recently, Shatz had a solo exhibition at Carter Burden Gallery in February of 2017. Shatz was also included in a three-person exhibition at Centotto in Bushwick with Thomas Michelli and Jim Herbert and was included in two group shows at David & Schweitzer.


Project Description

My wall sculptures involve suspended states of being and the permeable nature of time. The images of swimming, floating and "about to" gestures imply anticipation, hesitancy, anxiety or relief from anxiety. I did not set out to express specific qualities—they emerged from the selection of the figures and the creation of the pieces themselves. The meanings are hidden like the meanings in dreams.

These works ride the edge between painting and sculpture; between stillness and movement; and between the figurative and the abstract. The dimensions of the sculptures allow one to look into an intimate space; they owe a debt to the scale and narratives of Medieval art.

These sculptures are part of a continuing series of reimagining symbols of the past, about forces of history and nature, and creating contemporary sculptural archetypes. They forge a bridge between past icons of art by reimagining them as icons with contemporary relevance. Ideas of transformation, anthropomorphism, and myth are implied.
Twelve Muses of the Apocalypse will continue my series of painted ceramic wall sculptures. I also want to exhibit my sculptures outside, mounted on trees. My project would include devising a hand method for this without damage to the trees and casting some sculptures in metal so they could more permanently withstand outdoor installation.