Jacq Groves – Sunroom Project Space 2023
In the site-specific exhibition tending to change, Jacq Groves honors processes of transformation and the care to incite change. Incorporating traditional, industrial and plant materials, and their interactions with the Sunroom, Groves' sculptural practice explores spatial and temporal experiences of the body and investigates alternative forms of knowledge production and healing. Through strategies of abstraction and defamiliarization, Groves asks what it means to care for a living body in a socially- constructed environment.
Hand-formed ceramics inspired by Etruscan votive viscera, altars of medicinal plants in dried form and liquid extract, and intimately scaled ceramic archways replicating the windows that frame nature as spectacle, invite us to turn our gaze inward instead. Highlighting our relationship to the soil and its capacity to aid the transformative shifts in body and mind, the material reactions captured in the exhibition challenge the hierarchies between nature/culture, internal/external and imperceptible/recognizable forms of bodily knowledge and classification, offering a vow to consider reimagining as nourishment while encapsulating the passage of time and the impermanence of our bodily existence.
Jacq Groves is an interdisciplinary artist and educator based in Queens, NY, whose practice explores spatial and temporal experiences of the body and investigates ways we attempt to understand the unknown. Their work has been exhibited in New York venues, including Essex Flowers, Half Gallery, The Jewish Museum, The Wallach Art Gallery, ChaShaMa and the NARS Foundation. Groves earned a BA from Grinnell College and an MFA from Columbia University.
Learn more about the artist at www.jacqgroves.com
Photo: Yekaterina Gyadu