Residence
Chicago, Illinois

Education

Master of Fine Arts, Sculpture, 1987
Cranbrook Academy of Art

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Sculpture, 1985
Drake University, Des Moines

The Basic Program, 2000
University of Chicago

Asian Classics Program, 2010
University of Chicago

Statement

EVERYDAY OBJECTS AND MAKING POETRY

Most recently my work has been influenced by poet Richard Wilbur’s comment about writing poetry.

“I do think it's almost always true that a poem begins when two things, perhaps an inner thing and an outer thing which hadn't been together before, suddenly converge and feel as if they wanted to make something new.”

In this work, everyday objects from the simplest and most overlooked places reference basic human nature and anatomy. Years of collected newspapers, photos, kitchen tables and chairs, outboard propellers, and baby shoes, all bound to be discarded or at the very least dismissed, leverage the “something new.”

Starting these conversations in the vernacular, engages what one already knows, juxtaposes and constructs. It is a common commentary that the constancy of objects, which endure in our memories, only ever change.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2018
Things of This World
Aron Packer Projects at Chicago Gallery News/Chicago

2015
The Last Hurrah
Packer Schopf Gallery/Chicago

2013
Context Art Miami
Represented by Packer Schopf Gallery

2012
Collective Bargaining
Packer Schopf Gallery/Chicago

2011
MDW Art Fair, Chicago
Represented by Packer Schopf Gallery

2010
Gleaners, Hawkers and Reapers
Packer Schopf Gallery/Chicago

2009
All That Remains
Northbranch Gallery/Chicago

2007
This is My Body: work in progress
MN Gallery/Chicago

2006
Her Tongue: corporal and textual examinations
International Museum of Surgical Science/Chicago

1991
Nostalgia and the Loss of Memory
Gallery 431/Indianapolis

1988
Her Tongue: carving, recarving and language
Indianapolis Art League/Indianapolis


Selected Group Exhibitions

2017
Nasty Women Art
1100 Florence/Evanston, IL

2014
Rolled, Stoned & Inked:
25 years of the Chicago Printmakers Collaborative

DCASE Exhibitions, Expo 72, Chicago

2011
Guerilla Truck Show
Morlen Sinoway Atelier/ Chicago

2011
Walk in the Park
Burnham Hotel/ Hotel Palomar
Benefitting the Trust for Public Land

2010
Art Loop Open
Block 37/Chicago
"Forgetting" awarded the 3Arts Prize

2010
Body
Packer Schopf/Chicago

2009
Size Matters
Packer Schopf Gallery/Chicago

2007
The Artists Project
Chicago Merchandise Mart/Chicago

1999
Women in the Director’s Chair/Chicago Film Festival
Selected Passages, 94-minute feature film, director/writer

1998
International Feature Film Market
Selected Passages, feature film, director/writer
The Angelica Theater/New York

1991
Jacobi, McGee, Mers
curated by Joel Leib
Ten in One Gallery/Chicago

1990
The Chicago Show
organized by the by City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs/ The Art Institute of Chicago/ Museum of Contemporary Art
The Chicago Public Library Cultural Center

1990
Catherine Jacobi, Sculpture/Robert Bridges, Paintings
Daley College/Chicago

1989
Object Icon
five artists, curated by Tim Lowly
Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts/Grand Rapids