This class will focus on sculptural works in which intimacy is at the forefront of the artist’s concerns. Intimacy will be defined for the purpose of this class as a visceral material intimacy; as psychoanalytic idea, a way of knowing of the self through making art, rather than any traditional idea of romance or love. We will be looking at artists' work that implies this search for closeness and investigate how we can negotiate it ourselves as artists and viewers, asking: "What does it mean to have an empathetic response with a sculpture?" "How is this emotion instilled in a material form?" "What does it mean to be psychologically engaged in an art practice?" and "What are we achieving by doing so?"
Sculpture and Intimacy will take the form of seven weekly discussions where students are expected to bring their experiences and insights to the table. Additional readings will be assigned confronting these issues head on: writings on psychoanalysis, sculptural form, and the biology of empathy.
Elizabeth Jaeger is an artist living and working in Brooklyn, NY. She is also a co-owner of Peradam, which publishes artist books and editions.