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jeanne jaffe

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Inspired by an interest in cultural anthropology, mythology, and psychology, my work explores how identity is forged from early, pre-verbal, experience through the later influences of language and cultural conditioning and how we create a meaningful relationship to the world in which we live. In installations such as” Little Red Riding Hood as a Crime Scene”, “Elegy for Tesla “, and “Eliot’s Four Quartets”, popular folktales, history, and literature are reimagined through a contemporary lens and made into multi-sensory environments. In these installations, sculpture, videos, interactive elements, and animation create a space for exploring new interpretations and implications of culturally well-known narratives. How we navigate multi layered experience, where signification and understanding is being endlessly reshaped in a rapidly changing landscape, and how we createmeaning and self-determination from the cacophony of sensation, memory, and cultural history is the subject of all my work.