Wendy Jacob’s sculptural works investigate the practical and intimate relationships between architecture and animate bodies. Since 1989, she has been part of the artists’ collaborative “Haha,” creating installations and interventions in social spaces, both public and private.
At Radcliffe, Jacob plans to design adaptive spaces for individuals and groups with specific physical characteristics (such as small size) or specific abilities (such as keen balance). She plans to complete a house scaled for a toddler and, in collaboration with a high-wire artist, build a working model for a system of overhead paths that would thread between and through city buildings. Through experimentation with environments close to the ground—or well above it—Jacob aims to create new places for the specific and eccentric body to inhabit.
Wendy Jacob received her master’s in fine arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work has appeared in museums, galleries, and public spaces in the United States and Europe. Taxi (created jointly with Haha) opened in May 2004 at Mass MoCA (Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art) and her Child’s Squeeze Chair will appear in October 2004 in the Kunsthaus Graz, Austria. She has received grants from Creative Capital Foundation, the Illinois Arts Council, the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, and the MIT Class of 1947 Career Development Professorship. She is currently an assistant professor of visual arts at MIT.