Jaclyn is a Chicago-based artist working primarily in printmaking, using contemporary formats. She earned an M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) and a B.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She has taught at SAIC and Harrington College of Design as well as, attended residencies in the U.S. at the Ragdale Foundation Lake Forest, Il), Vermont Studios (Johnson, Vt, and Platform (Pilsen,Chicago). She has worked as an assistant to the master printers at Tandem Press in Madison, WI, with local artist/ professor Joan Livingstone and curator Mary Jane Jacob. Her artwork explores protests and acts of resistance in local communities and how one discovers a more equitable, interesting life. She examines how these things manifest in signs, in the landscape, and media, while paying attention to how an individual’s voice is revealed out in the world in relation to mass culture and powerful systems.
Mar 2013–May 2013
During her time here, Jaclyn worked on a series of editions that incorporated images of fences, webs, and net imagery using relief and screen-printing methods and an edition of larger screen prints of word patterns. She experimented with incorporating color abstractly during her residency, as well as working with layers and large-scale repetition pattern prints.
My artwork explores protests and acts of resistance in local communities. I examine how these things manifest in signs, in the landscape, and media, while paying attention to how an individual’s voice is revealed out in the world in relation to mass culture and powerful systems. Many of my recent works are created by encounters with an empty lot that is connected to my apartment building. This space has become a billboard and a type of art studio for me in the neighborhood landscape. Signs are posted, graffiti artists make their mark, and lost items are archived on the chain link fence by passers-by. From this urban terra firma I use leftovers to make images and forms that consider the impact of an individual’s voice within a community and use this evidence of small acts as source material. I combine and make hybrids between past voices of folk heroes, current social movements, and individual acts of resistance confusing messages to relocate their words into a network of language
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