Lela Jaacks with her sculpture outside of the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center.
Erin Jenkins
Lela Jaacks with her sculpture outside of the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center.

Sculptor will speak about her work

BRATTLEBORO — Sculptor Lela Jaacks of Brownsville will give a free talk about her work at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center (BMAC) on Thursday, Aug. 10, at 7 p.m. The event will take place in person in BMAC's sculpture garden, alongside Jaacks's exhibit, "micro/tele Scope." Walk-ins are welcome, or register at brattleboromuseum.org.

Jaacks will discuss the making of her art, including the inspiration for "micro/tele Scope," sculptural works that integrate natural and handmade materials in an exploration of space, light, texture, and color. Of her approach to sculpture, Jaacks says, "The thread that weaves my work together is the language of patterning. [...] I encourage viewers to pause and acknowledge beauty that might otherwise go unnoticed."

Originally from Cairns, Australia, Jaacks spent her formative years in remote northern Queensland, where she developed a love for the natural world, she says. She draws on the landscapes of her childhood-in conversation with the built environment-to create a balance between form and space, between the micro and the expansive.

In doing so, she uses a variety of materials, including metal, wood, concrete, glass, acrylic, and found natural artifacts. Jaacks received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in sculpture from Rhode Island School of Design.

"micro/tele Scope" is on display outdoors at BMAC and is accessible 24/7 through Oct. 31.

This The Arts item was submitted to The Commons.

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