Jacquelynn Sullivan Gould is a mixed media sculptor and installation artist, whose practice is rooted in her interest in the connections she finds working in clay, wax, metal, printmaking, drawing, and hand sewing. With her work, she challenges the duality of seeing, seeing what is there, and seeing what is missing or has changed. She has exhibited her work at Delta College, University Center, MI, The Gallery Project, Ann Arbor, MI, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH, and The Sculpture Center, Cleveland, OH.
Sullivan Gould earned her MFA from Michigan State University in 2011 and her BA in Studio Art and Art History from the University of Minnesota, Morris in 2008. Since the Fall of 2014, Sullivan Gould has had the pleasure of being the Director of Galleries and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Art, Art History, and Design at Michigan State University.
Through subtle shifts in space, I create environments that ask the viewer to move through layers of images and forms to reveal the inner struggle of the individual. Exploring what happens when our mind begins to fail us. Reaching a point when no longer we can control what we know or who we recognize. I share personal experiences in an attempt to depict a fear that plagues the human condition; illness.
By isolating a moment, my work embraces the struggle of experience. The forms I construct explore the loss of the familiar and the everyday with snapshots of my family’s past; ordinary instances that embody a lifetime. The figures in my work are frozen in time, referencing the strain we endure with the duality of seeing: seeing what is there and seeing what is missing or has changed. The connection shared biologically amongst family members forces us to face the fear illness becoming a pattern rather than a coincidence.