Art Salon: Jeanne Jaffe & Molly McGreery, “Tales of Transformation”
November 2, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
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About the Speakers
Jeanne Jaffe and Molly McGreevy met though their mutual love of storytelling and puppetry. They now share a studio at Collective 62 in Liberty City, Miami, and together they have formed Jaffe / Mcgreevy Projects, where they plan to conduct future workshops on storytelling and shadow puppets. They have a two person exhibition currently on display at IPC ART SPACE in Little Haiti, through Saturday, October 9 called “Tales of Transformation”.
This exhibition explores storytelling as a road map to personal and cultural change. It re-imagines two classic stories and how new interpretations and narratives can create psychological paths for personal growth and social reconfiguration during times of crisis. This multifaceted retelling of well-known but fractured narratives can create new possibilities for expanded identity, personal and political action, and community.
Based on Lewis Carroll’s 1865 classic “Alice in Wonderland”, the first installation includes Jeanne Jaffe’s stop motion animation film “Alice in Dystopia.” In this version, the Rabbit and Alice go down the wrong rabbit hole and end up in 2020, where they must grapple with our current environmental and societal crises. The film uses marionettes, live action, shadow puppetry, and archival footage, and the installation includes large-scale sculptures, marionettes and photos of the characters from the film.
The second gallery features Molly McGreevy’s mixed media drawings, marionettes, story boards and set elements from her work in progress, a future stop motion film based on the old German story of Faust, the man who sold his soul to the devil in exchange for material riches and metaphysical knowledge.
Jeanne Jaffe is a sculptor, video and installation artist who moved to Florida from Philadelphia, where she is Professor Emeritus in the Fine Arts Department at the University of the Arts. She is also a visiting artist/professor at Xian Academy of Fine Arts in China each fall, and is the coordinator of International Projects at the Jaffe Center for Book Arts.
Jaffe’s work is inspired by an interest in mythology, psychology, literature, and history. Her work “explores how identity is formed from early, pre-verbal, bodily experiences through the later influences of language and culture”.
In installations such as” Little Red Riding Hood as a Crime Scene” or “Elegy for Nikola Tesla“ and T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets”, well known folktales, history, and poetry are re-imagined through a contemporary lens and made into multi-sensory environments. In these installations, sculpture, videos, interactive elements, stop motion animation and sound coexist in a multi-leveled composition. The different signifying systems of image, motion, language, and sound intertwine and highlight different aspects of our internal and external experiences.
Ms Jaffe’s work has been shown nationally and internationally and is in the collections of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art Museum, the Zimmerli Art Museum, and the Museum of Ceramics at Alfred University . She is the recipient of many fellowship grants, including the National Endowment for the Arts, the Mid Atlantic/NEA. the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and the Mino Artist Residency in Japan Her work has been reviewed extensively, including in Art in America, The New York Times, and Sculpture.
Molly McGreevy’s artwork revolves around ideas relating to iconography, archetypes, mythology and similar systems of meaning. One recent series focuses on the symbolism found in medieval alchemical manuscripts. She explains that alchemy was inherently a spiritual practice, the stages of the chemical processes also metaphors for the stages of personal transformation. She uses pen nib and traditional inks, sometimes with gold or silver leaf embellishments to emphasize the chemical applications intrinsic to the art of alchemy. Other work has elements of collage.
McGreevy has taught English at Miami-Dade College as an adjunct professor and earned a MFA in Creative Writing in Fiction at FIU.
The animated film “Alice in Dystopia” and the sculptures, marionettes, and photographs by Jeanne Jaffe shown at IPC Art Space, will be seen again at the Coral Springs Museum of Art, along with work by Molly McGreevy and three other members of Collective 62, in “Reawaken”. The dates are Oct 25 – Dec. 4 with an opening reception on Nov. 18, 2021.
About the Art Salons
The Art Salons are a unique gathering place for artists from throughout the South Florida region. They offer thoughtful presentations by influential professional artists whose artwork is being shown in museums and galleries in South Florida, nationally and internationally. Presenters show their work and talk about their influences, followed by stimulating discussions between the artist and the audience. These discussions cover the gamut of contemporary conceptual art practices, including cultural, socio/political, environmental, scientific, race and gender focused and aesthetic practices, the materials and techniques used to convey these ideas, and how our own work relates to the world of contemporary art. Art Salons also offer the opportunity to explore the practical side of being an artist, enhance professional development, share useful resources, and network with other artists. Art Salons have been facilitated by Elle Schorr, in conjunction with the ARMORY ART CENTER in West Palm Beach, since 2012. All are welcome to join in these timely explorations.
The Art Salons will now be presented virtually on Zoom! Tuesdays, once a month, from October to May from 7pm to 9pm. See the Armory calendar for dates or visit www.elleschorrphotography.com