My practice investigates how structural and organizational systems support and/or hinder our perception of our surroundings and ourselves. Stemming from my previous background in biology research, my works question the constrictive nature of European academic sciences and draw on personal research supported by crip theory, queer ecology, and alternative forms of knowledge production. Using common materials such as wood, steel, ceramics, and concrete, I build odd facsimiles of everyday objects like cinder blocks and tree roots to explore the body and bodily experiences. My modular sculptures and installations draw on uncanny intersections between bodily structures and ecological/architectural systems.
Jacq Groves is an interdisciplinary artist based in Ridgewood, New York. Their project-based practice explores relationships between urban and natural ecological structures and complex bodily systems. Their work has been shown in New York-based exhibitions at Essex Flowers, Half Gallery, The Jewish Museum, The Wallach Art Gallery, ChaShaMa, and the NARS Foundation. They have participated in residencies at Vermont Studio Center (Johnson, VT) and NARS Foundation (Brooklyn, NY). Groves is currently the Foundations Fellow in Arts + Sciences at Pratt Institute. They received a BA from Grinnell College and an MFA from Columbia University.
Photo by Yekaterina Gyadu