Born Florida, USA
Currently Lives and works in New York
Michelle Jaffé creates participatory installations that interweave sculpture, sound, and video. Her work employs a large array of materials to create immersive environments that explore psychic and architectural space. She probes sound as a dimensional volume full of association and memory, invoking pre-cognitive states of mind. The work interrogates the mythos of the collective, gender politics, and how individual psychology and pathology steer society.
Jaffé was educated in Europe as a teenager, and attended University in England. Childhood exposure to Asian scrolls shaped her visual sensibility. Their depictions of space and balance, their unique evocation of so much with such economy, informed her work’s formal clarity and restrained reserve.
Her work has been exhibited at the Beall Center for Art + Technology at UC Irvine, and UICA, Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In 2012, Jaffé had a solo show at BOSI Contemporary, NY. Additional solo exhibitions have been held at Wald & Po Kim Gallery, Susan Berko-Conde Gallery, Brooklyn College, Harvestworks Digital Media, and Broadway Gallery in NY, among others. She has created site-specific installations in Long Island City, and Djerassi, CA.
Since 2008, Jaffé has been a fiscally sponsored artist of the New York Foundation for the Arts, and has been awarded grants from New York State Council on the Arts, Queens Council on the Arts, and has been the recipient of residencies at the MacDowell Colony and Djerassi. Her artworks are in private collections and numerous design works are in the permanent collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Fashion Institute of Technology and Museé de la Mode et du Costume in Paris.