Elizabeth Jaeger:

    Blackened Plumeria

    Dimensions variable
    Series of 35 unique works

    Elizabeth Jaeger incorporates themes surrounding the domestic sphere and routinely grapples with ideas and emotions embedded creatively within a familiar object, though the narrative is often incomplete or obscured. For Blackened Plumeria, a series of 35 unique ceramic works, the flower is a symbol of fertility and loss; plumerias are often planted at burial sites and used in funeral ceremonies. In this series, fertility shows its anthropomorphic qualities—the visible fingerprints in the petals, the inevitability of the imminent death of a bouquet. Each work in the series was handcrafted, the bases formed on a mold and then "birthed" from the ceramic once it had dried. The work is an edition in the sense that there was a specific method by which each piece was made, but in its execution, each is truly unique.

    Blackened Plumeria was commissioned following Jaeger’s participation in SculptureCenter’s 2016 exhibition Fantasy Can Invent Nothing New, presented through our open call program that supports emerging artists in creating new work. Elizabeth Jaeger was born in San Francisco in 1988, and lives and works in New York. Since her inclusion in SculptureCenter’s In Practice exhibition program, Elizabeth Jaeger has had solo exhibitions at Jack Hanley Gallery, New York (2019 and 2017) and Klemm's, Berlin (2019). The artist has participated in group exhibitions with the Aspen Art Museum (2018); White Cube, London (2017); the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (2017); Galleria Zero, Milan (2017); the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2016); and MoMA PS1, New York (2015).

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