The artistic practice of Jacqueline Surdell finds itself somewhere between sculpture and architecture.
She began her studies in Los Angeles with painting; however she quickly left behind her paintbrushes to completely dedicate herself to the weaving technique, exploring macramé-knotting. Taking a feminist stand, she pushes boundaries of this artistic technique by shaping impressive architectural structures with cotton rope. The heavy and rough laces of her works come from an assembly of hand-braided wires that she constructs by using the foundation of weaving work, on which she uses different techniques of knotting to create organic and interconnected compositions. The different techniques used by the artist create a combination of abstract nods, giving the artwork a powerful sculptural effect. Her work explores these methods as ways of creating structural connections.
The works of Jacqueline Surdell are the reflection of her environment and the urban landscape that surrounds her. Her latest works however, are done from a different eye; the one of a modern critic.
The techniques that are used to construct her pieces raise questions on the rigidity of modern ideas, while conserving an organic aesthetic, all of which is refined by exploring a romantic idealism. Her pieces are recognized as representations of strength, machinery and industrialisation, opposing artistry and traditional mediums and techniques. This interest for troubling oppositions between materials, the types of structures and the construction techniques are all central to the artistic practice of Jacqueline Surdell. She enjoys combining cotton rope with steel in her frames, juxtaposing rigid and soft structures, opposing emptiness with volume with the goal of discovering links between practices and cultural performances that appear antithetical. The monochrome quality of her works accentuates the oppositions created by the matching of these nods.
Jacqueline Surdell earned her BFA at Occidental College in California, where she focused on sculpture and installation. At Occidental, Jacqueline Surdell executed three large-scale public installations. In 2014, she worked closely with LA-based collective Lucky Dragons, participating in their The Open Score Workshop and showing in a text-based exhibition, Anticipatio. She was awarded distinction in sculpture and an honour exhibition. Her works are exhibited in the United States and Canada, as part of solo and group exhibitions, and can be found in many private collections around the world.
Jacqueline Surdell is currently living and working in Los Angeles, California and Chicago, Illinois.