Jacqueline Surdell is a multimedia artist exploring concepts of endurance, discipline, and intensity. A competitive athlete for almost a decade, she considers her work an extension of her body’s physical makeup. Seeking to critically reassess the players in art history through an athletic, as well as feminist, lens, Surdell questions perceived understandings and convention-based tropes ascribed to women and objects. Surdell views her art practice as a personal tool for reconsideration, for re-thinking; teaching her new ways to read into, critically analyze, and consider her body in space. Ultimately, her goal is to deepen her understanding of historic misconceptions of women — leading to variant levels of open-mindedness and acceptance within the contemporary existence.
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. In 2015, Surdell participated in a solo show at Boardwalk Gallery, CA, and in, Unveiled, at Galerie LeRoyer (Montreal) where she continues to show. Surdell is pursuing an MFA at The School of the Art Institute in Fiber and Material Studies (spring 2017).