Sheryl Jaffe

During the Pandemic: art is our lifeline

World Within Worlds

Clearly we are living in a time in need of healing. Social, economic, racial and ecological injustices are caught in a web in need of disentangling. We are caught in this web.
Disentangling to find hope, the question mark beneath the web, can we transform ourselves, our culture and society, and heal? Can we be vulnerable enough and strong enough to embark on the delicate work, the transformative repair to make the society more just?

This piece is imbued with metaphors and symbols:

  • Cocoon – transformation and rebirth from crawling to flying

  • Wishbone – bones of earthbound creatures used for prayers and magic

  • Shell beads – human’s ability to alter nature for beauty

  • Seed pod – seeds of trees/lungs of the planet – breathe deeply

  • Shell & fishbone – oceans, bodies of water, the water of our bodies

  • Sewing, thread, fiber – simply begin to repair the world, through connection and compassion, one stitch at a time

world within worlds


Space, Time, Celestial Bodies


Real space inspires awe, the feeling one gets while witnessing the moon rising up out of the ocean. The distant horizon is far enough, the space between oneself and the celestial body we call the moon is incredibly vast. How is it even possible to see that far? Our naked eyes can see (and make sense of?) even further. Planets, stars, the distance is unfathomable and yet we can feel it. The effects on our psyche when staring up at the night sky, to feel both insignificant and at once part of everything is overwhelming. And then time, a meaningful construct to help us navigate our lives. Celestial bodies spinning and revolving, is that what creates time? Time and distance, closeness and intimacy, movement and stillness. This work explores these concepts and the feelings they evoke, in outer and inner space.

Thank you for looking, enjoy.

Sheryl Jaffe             

Artist statement 2020