Giving Artistic Life to Common Materials
Jacqueline Rush Lee is drawn to everyday materials with a desire to transform them into sculptures that speak of alternate past lives. Her goal is turning what is familiar and common, into artistic objects that are unfamiliar and undeniably uncommon.
Through my eyes, the books in her collection Book Sculptures, live a second life in the guise of majestic flowers, silky accordions, or wild peacock feathers windblown into tumbleweeds. The sculptures seem to defy gravity; pages unfurled and frozen in mid-air, fashioned into solid slices, or piled high into swollen clumps. Jacqueline has treated these books pretty badly, but they seem to have ended up better for it.
I’m not as taken with her collection Paintures, although the sculptures are no less impressive in her use of materials. These sculptures are made from oil and acrylic paint skins and scrapings, but look like paper mache on acid — crazy petrified bones in the form of grazing, defiant, or oblivious horses and goats.
I appreciate artists that use everyday items and materials to create new expressions of texture, structure, and design. These kinds of art forms are vaguely familiar but make us pause to contemplate their origins.