Claire’s sculptures, installations, paintings, and drawings stage disasters both real and imagined. The works uncover her pre-occupation with catastrophic forces of nature and the psychological conditions of crisis. Her paper models and installations evoke the familiar – airplanes, trains, suburban neighborhoods and city blocks – seen through a lens of fragility. The airplane is almost entirely burned to cinders; the city is suspended upside-down, anchored in its own rubble. Each event represented reveals that, to some degree, nature has complete control over us.
Claire Jackel received her M.F.A. from the San Francisco Art Institute and her B.F.A. from the University of Colorado. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at Oakland Museum of California, Schneider Museum of Art, Ashland Or., Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, Calif., Marine Contemporary Salon, Venice, Calif., Museo de Arte Contemporáneo-UACh Valdivia, Chile, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogota, Colombia, and Dar al-Kalima College, Bethlehem, Palestine. She received a fellowship to be an artist in residence at the Vermont Studio Center in 2010. In 2008, she was a recipient of the Murphy and Cadogan Fellowship in the Fine Arts. She lives and works in Los Angeles.
Claire Jackel has been an Artnaut since 2012.