Artist Claire Jackel’s sculptures and installations begin as minimal representations of familiar objects. Working without the structural reinforcement of glue or tape, Jackel transforms white paper through a series of folds and cuts. Individual forms are repeated and amassed into a complex network of wire and monofilament, which the viewer encounters from a distance below.
Once exposed to prolonged sunlight and other environmental conditions, the paper begins to change. Jackel intends her sculptures to continue to evolve within this context. In this sense, recognizing the impermanence of the material is an essential element of appreciating the artwork. As she explains, “My sculptures succumb to the forces of their environment with a fragility that reflects upon our transitory and violent lives.”
Jackel’s exploration of the ephemeral and the limits of materiality takes place within other less abstract narratives. The shapes represented—houses, insects, a train, earth diggers—conjure associations with daily existence. In this way, Jackel’s sculptures present themselves with a straightforward simplicity that belies their intricacy and philosophical weight. The viewer is left to contemplate the intersection of these ideas on their own terms.