Jere Van Syoc

Spikes I
found objects and paint
13 x 9 x 8 in.

“A major tenant of the Women’s Movement is ‘the personal is the political’ – This concept has influenced all of my art production and certainly the content of my 20 minute documentary video, ‘The Brothel, The Temple and Art.’

I also take ‘the personal’ to mean the unconscious desires and actions of the human psyche. My sculpture series ‘Death Toys: The SUV Generation’ both mock and ward off our more primitive behavior such as domestic and animal abuse, road rage, gang warfare, stray bullets and all the current strife in modern American life. The ‘Toys’ represent Art as Personal Protection. To further extend the metaphor I often take several of the ‘Toys’ to public venues and have ‘Drive By Shows’ for whomever turns up at commuter routes and at parks and beaches.

My work is influenced by my ancestors, The Feminists, Goya, Picasso, Miro, Duchamp and many others in the Art Historical Record, as well as various contemporary authors and filmmakers.”
Jere Van Syoc earned her M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her Master of Psychology, from Antioch University in Los Angeles.

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