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Elizabeth Jaeger

before making profound statements use a pencil with a good eraser

November 20, 2020 – January 2, 2021

Gallery view of bird sculptures, ceramic vase, and framed writing sample
Gallery view of multiple bird sculptures and framed writing piece
Three bird sculptures posed on gallery wall
Black ceramic sculpture of bird nest
Black ceramic sculpture of bird nest
Bird sculpture sitting by nest
Sculptural bird sitting on nest
Dead bird sculpture in the middle of large black ceramic vase
Bird sculpture posing by gallery ceiling
Sculpture of dead bird on its back
Found note from Jack Jaeger to self, framed
Ceramic sculpture of dead bird
Bird sculpture posed on gallery wall
Ceramic sculpture of dead black bird
Bird sculpture posed on gallery wall
Bird sculpture posed on gallery wall

A snow blizzard hit the warm landscape in late summer of September. The trees creaked in pain and anguish from the weight of the unexpected snow, and no one, not even the birds knew what was to come. Most froze overnight, some found huddled together in the dusk light.

Birds have the ability to roam the earth and fly in the skies. They deliver warnings of danger and sym- bolize freedom and peace, but spiritually they are considered messengers from the spiritual realms. Dead birds are departed souls, and more specifically it symbolizes the end of something and the start of something else.

A dead bird. A dead bird. A dead bird.

                                                                    - Maia Ruth Lee


Elizabeth Jaeger (b. 1988 in San Fracicso, CA) lives and works in New York, NY. Recent solo exhibitions include ‘Hours’ and ‘Pommel’ at Jack Hanley Gallery and ‘Brine’ at Klemm’s in Berlin. The artist has participated in numerous group exhibitions including ‘Mirror Cells’ at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Moma PS1’s ‘Greater New York’, Sculpture Center’s ‘In Practice: Fantasy Can Invent Nothing New’, and the Aspen Art Museum’s ‘Zombies: Pay Attention!’. Most recently, the artist exhibit- ed in ‘To dream a man’ at Clima Gallery, Milan, and ‘People’ at Deitch in Los Angeles and New York. Jaeger will be incliuded in the group exhibition ‘How To Survive’ at the Sprengel Museum, Hannover, DE, in 2020. Publications about her include Vitamin C: Clay and Ceramics in Contemporary Art (Phaidon, 2017) Dreamers Awake (White Cube, 2017) Eros C’Est La Vie (Totem, 2013) and How Other People See Me (Publication Studio, 2011). Additionally, Jaeger co-founded and operates Peradam with Sam Cate- Gumpert, a publishing house specializing in artists’ books.


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