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Michelle Jaffé

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Twist, 2009, Foam, 33 x 15 x 14 1/2"
Between the Clock & the Bed, 2008, 14' x 60' x 40', Site-Specific
Between the Clock & the Bed, 2008, 14' x 60' x 40', Site-Specific
Wappen Field: Work in Progress, 2008, Chrome Plated Steel, Speaker Drivers, 10' x 8 1/2' x 8 1/2'
Wappen Field: Work in Progress, Detail, 2008, Chrome Plated Steel, 12" x 8 1/2" x 5 1/2"
Artist's Statement


I respond to site-specific space, drawing attention to architectural elements, the eye would ordinarily dismiss. I made 17 interventions in the space, akin to musical notes, with an eye to coax out the sculptural qualities of both the room architecture & the mundane, common everyday materials used.


Wappen Field is a sculpture & sound installation comprised of 6 chrome helmets, resembling face guards. Choreographed in a spatially dynamic way, each helmet’s discrete speaker disperses a vocal composition as lone voice of 1 helmet, in triads, & playing all at once, as a chorus..

The helmets evoke armor, in an attempt to create a border between self & other. Physical & psychic space is guarded, lest the edge is pierced, allowing foreign bodies & ideas to flood in. The boundary of armor asks the question: what is shut in, what is shut out?



2009 NYFA, Education Opportunity Grant
2008 NYSCA, Individual Artist Grant for Wappen Field
Queens Council Arts, NY, IAI, Independent Artists Initiative
NYFA, Fiscal Sponsorship for Wappen Field,
Djerassi Resident Artists Program, CA
2005 The MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, NH
2004 Brooklyn College, Artist-In-Residence, Department of Computer Music, Brooklyn, NY


2010 North Dakota Museum, Art and War III, Wappen Field, Grand Forks
Susan Berko-Conde Gallery, New Work, NY, NY
2008 Broadway Gallery, Malka Lubelski Foundation, Wappen Field: Work In Progress, NY
Djerassi, Bed of Nails, Iraq 4000, Site-Specific Installation, CA
PS1’s Backside, Between the Clock & the Bed, Site-Specific Installation, Long Island City, NY
2005 Brooklyn College, The Booth Project, Sound Installation, NY

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