Sheryl Jaffe has been exhibiting her artwork throughout New York and New England for over 30 years. She works with organic materials, handmade paper from local and exotic plant fibers, beach stones, and found objects to create 2 and 3 dimensional works that are reminiscent of the human body and the strength and frailty of skin. She studied traditional hand papermaking in Japan and China and taught papermaking in Haiti. She has been teaching art, ceramics, printmaking and papermaking at museums, public schools and art centers; including the Cape Cod Photo Workshops, Worcester Center for Crafts, University of Massachusetts, Porter Phelps Huntington Museum and Matenwa Community School in Haiti. Jaffe was a resident artist at “The Barn”, Edward Albee Foundation and at Yellowstone National Park. The themes of her paper scrolls, prints, sculptures and installations include loss, forgiveness, erosion, transformation, vulnerability and strength. Her installations are an offering for viewers to move through, make discoveries, and be drawn in to contemplation.
Jaffe’s recent work explores themes of breathing through time: from the personal to the planetary. Through inhalation, exhalation we are intimately connected to the plants and trees in our environment. Plant fibers provide us with nutrition and clothing and of course paper, a basic material for communication across time and space.