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The Art of Gillian Jagger
Essay by Michael Brenson
Curated by Russell Panczenko

Chazen Museum of Art Catalogs


Powerful installation art distilling birth, death, decay, and renewal

Gillian Jagger's complex and moving sculptures are documented in this catalogue of the first museum-organized exhibition of her work, at the Elvehjem Museum of Art. Installation pieces and works on paper are featured, including Jagger's Rift—suspended fragments of weathered board, coiling barbed wire, rusted cutting tools, bones of a deer, a horse skull, and a mummified cat represented the artist's protest against animal abuse. Jagger incorporated sections of a large tree trunk, cast rocks, a grid, chains, hooks, and pulleys in her major recent work, Spiral.

Gillian Jagger has recreated nature's themes of death and time in her sculptures since the 1950s. Working in an old dairy barn in Ulster County, New York, she uses found items from farm fields and rural woods to form patterns, textures, and visual rhythms.

Distributed for the Chazen Museum of Art, University of Wisconsin–Madison



January 2004

72 pp.
13 b/w, 34 color illus.

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Paper $19.95 s
ISBN 978-0-932900-97-5
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