Elizabeth Jaeger’s (b. 1988, lives and works in Brooklyn, NY) sculptures embed common figurative elements in existential concepts of reality and perception. Sculptures like elongated human bodies with mask-like faces, truncated torsos, greyhound dogs, empty furniture or vases typically start with a personal experience or event. From there, they unfold a larger picture of phenomenological concerns. Despite a seeming familiarity with the objects’ figurativeness there is a sense of disquiet and subtle uncanniness inherent in Jaeger’s work which challenges the viewer’s relationship to their own physicality, their surrounding and their consciousness.
The student-run Visiting Artist Program brings an outstanding roster of local, national and international artists to PAFA each semester. Through a series of public lectures, critiques, and workshops, the program exposes students and the public to a range of artistic approaches, as well as fostering discussion of contemporary art and ideas.