Jacqueline Surdell is a multimedia artist exploring concepts of endurance, discipline, and intensity. Her work explores macramé-knotting techniques as a type of connective drawing device, a way to create structure and define space. It is a transformative technique combining the reedy and slack with volume and shape. The performative, repetitive nature of the technique imbues an element of time as much as it speaks of space and volume. Surdell incorporates egalitarian material, such as rope and steel, as the make up for her knotting work. The rope macramé renders the work large-scale, suggesting strength, machinery, and industry. The result is a series of sculptures rendered through a combination of industrial versus domestic and tradition versus modern.
Surdell earned her BFA at Occidental College, CA where she focused on sculpture and installation. At Occidental, Surdell executed three large-scale public installations. In 2014, Surdell worked closely with LA-based collective, Lucky Dragons, participating in their The Open Score Workshop and showing in a text-based exhibition, Anticipatio. Surdell was awarded distinction in sculpture and an honors exhibition. Surdell is pursuing an MFA at The School of the Art Institute in Fiber and Material Studies (spring 2017).
Jacqueline Surdell is currently living and working in Los Angeles, California and Chicago, IL.