robert henry contemporary, Brooklyn

robert henry contemporary

56 Bogart Street, Brooklyn, NY 11206, USA



Liz Jaff creates installations and objects, which reflect her personal impression of space and memory. She explores the structural attributes and aesthetic qualities intrinsic to paper that she cuts and folds into highly formal compositions in both objects and large-scale installations.

Through abstraction and repetition of architectural and natural forms, she makes environments and objects that convey the specific feeling and character of a place or event from her everyday life. The ephemeral, transitory nature of paper gives Jaff the perfect medium to characterize the fleeting feelings of her memory of time and space in her daily life.

Circles serve as an interesting metaphor for memory and are a recurring motif in her work. The events of her everyday life take Jaff from home to work to studio, etc and always complete a circle by returning home. These commonplace activities are recorded as abstractions of cut and folded paper often with whimsical titles, like Tumble, Fidgit or Giggle. Circles also allow her a formal tool to investigate the change of light and dark as two-dimensions are turned into three. When repeated these shapes constitute her reaction to the geometries of Sol Lewitt, Carl Andre and Agnes Martin.

Liz Jaff in a native of New York and received her BFA from The Rhode Island School of Design in 1989. She lives and works in New York City.

Liz Jaff, Little Black Kyoto, 2016, Ink on hand-cut and folded black paper, 17 x 12 5/8 x 2 1/4 in. (43.2 x 32 x 5.7 cm)
Liz Jaff, The Good Boy, 2014, Hand-cut and folded paper, 77 x 43 x 3 1/2 in. (2 m x 1 m x 9 cm)
Liz Jaff, Snitch, 2016, Hand-cut and folded paper, 19 x 12 1/4 x 1 3/4 in. (48.3 x 31.1 x 4.4 cm)
Liz Jaff, Liz Jaff, Sweat, 2016, Hand-cut and folded paper, 25 5/8 x 38 1/8 x 2 in. (65 x 96.8 x 5 cm)
Liz Jaff, The Good Boy, 2014, Hand-cut and folded paper, 77 x 43 x 3 1/2 in. (2 m x 1 m x 9 cm) (detail)
Liz Jaff, Trouble, 2016, Hand-cut and folded paper, 16 1/4 x 23 x 1 3/8 in. (41.3 x 58.4 x 3.5 cm)