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Michelle Jaffé creates sculpture, sound and video installations, immersing people in an experience that transforms their sensory awareness. These participatory encounters create a moment where a synaptic shift in attitude is possible and new neural connections can be made.
She explores how individual psychology and pathology is embedded and mirrored in society, in an attempt to make sense of the world we live in and to stimulate conversation for change. She asks when & where are the borders between terror, abuse & negligence blurred & crossed?
Jaffé was educated in England as a teenager, and earned a BA Hounours in Fine Arts & French Litereature from the University in England. Childhood exposure to Asian scrolls shaped her visual sensibility. Their depictions of space and balance, their unique evocation of so much with such economy, informed her work’s formal clarity and restrained reserve.
Her work has been exhibited at the Beall Center for Art + Technology at UC Irvine, the Morlan Gallery at Transylvania University, KY, NYCEMF, Bosi Contemporary, NY and UICA, Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Additional solo exhibitions have been held at Wald & Po Kim Gallery, Susan Berko-Conde Gallery, Brooklyn College, Harvestworks Digital Media, and Broadway Gallery in NY, among others. She has created site-specific installations in Long Island City, and Djerassi, CA. Since 2008, Jaffé has been a fiscally sponsored artist of the New York Foundation for the Arts, and has been awarded grants from New York State Council on the Arts, Queens Council on the Arts, and has been the recipient of residencies at Brooklyn College Department of Computer Music, the MacDowell Colony and Djerassi. Her artworks are in private collections and numerous design works are in the permanent collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Fashion Institute of Technology and Museé de la Mode et du Costume in Paris.