The following artist profile was published in Art ltd, in November, 2012:
Sam Jaffe’s studio lies towards the rear of an ivy-covered warehouse. It is bright and welcoming inside with one, massive window, a parked motorcycle, two seamstress mannequins, a microwave, a knitting machine and an abundance of yarn. Jaffe makes brightly colored textile works that exist somewhere between sculpture, fashion, and painting. This December, she will install her second-ever solo show, “One by One,” at Chicago’s 65 Grand Gallery.
A jagged 10-foot sculpture hangs from the ceiling. It turns slightly from an invisible draft, revealing many, multi-angled facets. The invisible foam core structure is covered in striped blue, pink and yellow ochre fabric that fits close like a sock; every edge is traced by a continuous blue tinsel seam. It’s reminiscent of a knitted lightning bolt, or a shard of crystal from a hipster comic. It captures something of Jaffe’s past: In 2001 she enrolled as a freshman in Rhode Island School of Design’s painting department–right at the tail-end of Providence’s Fort Thunder-era, when hipster print-makers, noise musicians and creative ruffians defined the city’s aesthetic. “I certainly feel influenced by that work,” Jaffe says. read the entire article here. (more…)