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February 12, 2010 to May 3, 2010

Darla Jackson: While you were out…

As a figurative sculptor working in clay, Darla Jackson’s working procedure begins with the creation of clay molds to cast the final pieces in various materials such as plaster or resin. Built on a formal knowledge of human anatomy, her level of expertise and understanding of this type of sculptural realism informs her current interest in the anatomy of animals. Like Jackson’s previous installations, her work for"While You Were Out..." was based on her focus on the anthropomorphism of the animal sculptures she creates. As installations, individual sculptures were placed in human settings, often with typical domestic furnishings and decorative objects, thus suggesting the human characteristics of each sculpture and their interaction with each other in personal terms, creating as Jackson states, “a familiarity with an oddness that makes it compelling.”

Jackson received a BFA from Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia. Jackson has shown extensively in Philadelphia, most recently in venues such as Moore College of Art, the Icebox at the Crane Arts Building, Mew Gallery and Kelly & Weber Fine Art (201 Gallery), and outside of Philadelphia at venues such as Maryland Art Place in Baltimore, Maryland, the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and at Uppercase Gallery in Alberta, Canada. Her work is also shown at Riverbank Arts in Stockton, NJ. Jackson was selected as a fellow in the Career Development Program with the Center for Emerging Visual Artists in Philadelphia in 2007. She is also one of four co-founders of The Other Woman (a women’s art collective). Jackson lives in Philadelphia and is currently working on a series of new sculptures for a number of upcoming shows. She also serves as an instructor at the Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial.

Tags: ceramics, installation, mixed media