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Jackie Branson

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Pawling, NY , U.S.A.
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URL: http://www.jsbranson.com

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Jackie Branson grew up in northern New Jersey. She holds a BFA from the University of New Hampshire where she studied printmaking and drawing and an MFA from the University of Pennsylvania where she studied printmaking, sculpture and digital media. She has studied art in the city of Perugia in central Italy, has held fellowships at Sculpture Space, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the Millay Colony, and has received scholarships to the Vermont Studio Center and the Chautauqua Institute. Jackie primarily shows in the tri-state area and her work is held in a number of private collections. She lives and works in Pawling, New York.

Statement

My work is autobiographical in nature and examines notions of identity and protection through various forms of non-traditional armor. I use materials that are significant in my life in order to personalize my armor. I draw on my Armenian heritage and the importance of carpet, not only to Armenians, but to my own experience growing up. I use carpet to inspire through its patterns and shapes and consider it to be a symbol of identity, domesticity, femininity and security. I am equally drawn to saw blades for their own unique meaning in my life and use them in the same way certain patterns and colors represent the weaver of a carpet. I bring these materials together to explore the idea of armor while transforming and playing with the characteristics, similar and different, inherent in these materials, from shapes and details to the masculine, feminine, hard or soft.