Jamie Isenstein | the artist
The artist Jamie Isenstein
Born 1975, Portland, Oregon, USA.
Lives and works in New York, .
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In her exhibitions and projects Jamie Isenstein often absorbs the personas of inanimate objects (sometimes, uncomfortably, for hours at a time), sittingor standing or crouchingat the mercy of her art. She has transformed herself into a wingback armchair with her legs serving as the chairs two front legs and her arms as the chairs arms (the rest of her body hides inside the upholstered chair). In other works she uses herself as a character. For the Performa 05 Biennial she wrote and performed a radio program, Inside Out with Jamie Isenstein, that featured the artist in conversation with her skeleton and a bottle of lotion. The topic of the program: a recent book about plastic surgerys effect on popular music, using Michael Jackson and Cher as examples. She turns the inside out and recontextualizes the familiar, making us see the world around us in a different light…
Isenstein is known for blurring the lines between performance and sculpture, often through her use of her own body as a ready-made object. In referencing and appropriating current strains of contemporary abstract sculpture that combine organic forms and found objects, Dancing Pop-up Fishing Sculpture, 2010,acts like a snowball that has picked up what it has rolled over: human body parts, a hobo/clown costume, bird guano, a snake in a can gag. The sculpture is holding a life preserver, which reads alternately Wishing I was Fishing and Gone Fishing and is thus in a perpetual state of limbo- waiting to fish, or waiting for parts of itself to return from fishing. This gives life to a normally static object as it layers and weaves formal and conceptual concerns of sculpture, performance, abstraction, and representation…
Interview with the artist (video)
"Companion Portraits" and other works