Jacqueline Freedman

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Jacqueline Freedman was born in Washington D.C. and has lived in New York City and Boston. Currently living in Los Angeles, she works with drawing, painting and mixed media. She exhibits in Los Angeles and has also exhibited in Boston, Philadelphia and Ireland.  She is an Adjunct Professor of Art History and Film Appreciation at Los Angeles Harbor College and teaches Visual Culture at El Camino College in Torrance, California.


I think of my work in terms of microcosmic and macrocosmic figuration, both in terms of proportion, space, movement and time.  The images I produce come about through repetition of a tiny modular unit, a line, circle or square, evolving into a larger thing.  The thing is not really defined; it remains abstract.  It could be a micro-image; a fragile insect skeleton or a diatom in deep sea space.  Sometimes the abstraction looks like a macro-image; drawings from a computer-Cad program or the warped space infinity of the cosmos.  I think of my images as both prehistoric and post-historic; located somewhere between dinosaur and science fiction.

The images I make are also reminiscent of an idea of fractals, where a pattern is repeated to describe perpetual change; movement that is not fixed.  Fractals are used to describe the weather, cloud movements, for example, which are simultaneously changing at the moment they are being described; time inscribed in a perpetual system of transformation.

I began making these images as drawings on dark paper, using white ink and rapidograph pen or white colored pencil.  However, most recently I have been using tape to make the line on transparent vellum painted with guouache. I think of the repetition of taped line in the same way as I do the tiny modular units of circle and square in the smaller drawings, repeating lines of various colors, thicknesses and lengths to create an abstract micro or macro structure.