Artist statement

Growing up in the Midwest to a family of athletes and artists, I make objects and installations drawing from my family’s athletic and artistic legacies. My work hybridizes knotted rope, painting, found object-sculpture, performance, video, and installation. This particular combination of medias and methods drives my conceptual framework -- challenging the ontological and physical spaces between the human body and sculpture, and between performance and object. By confronting the friction between cultural and socio-political narratives, as well as intimate personal histories, I probe at defined roles, perceived understandings, and conventional tropes ascribed to people and objects.



Jacqueline Surdell was born in Chicago, IL. Growing up in a family of athletes and artists, Surdell spent her early life between the court and studio. Surdell played ten years of competitive volleyball and was recruited to play at Occidental College in Los Angeles, CA where she earned her BFA with cum laude honors. Since then, she has created work fusing fibers, found-objects, video, performance, and installation. Surdell earned her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2017). Surdell lives and works in Chicago, IL.

Surdell’s work has been shown at South Bend Museum of Art, South Bend, IN; Chicago Artists Coalition, Chicago, IL; Western Exhibitions, Chicago, IL; Apparatus Projects, Chicago, IL; Union League Club, Chicago, IL; Lithium Gallery, Chicago, IL; Sullivan Galleries, Chicago, IL; Cleve Carney Art Gallery, Glen Ellyn, IL; Boardwalk Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; Weingart Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, and Galerie LeRoyer, Montreal, QB. Surdell was awarded residencies at Ragdale Foundation, Lake Forest, IL, ACRE, Steuben, Wisconsin, and is currently a Hatch Projects Artist in Residence at Chicago Artists Coalition, Chicago, IL.