Jacqueline Surdell is a multimedia artist exploring concepts of endurance, discipline, and intensity. A competitive athlete for almost a decade, she considers her work an extension of her body’s physical makeup. Seeking to critically reassess the players in art history through an athletic, as well as feminist, lens, Surdell questions perceived understandings and convention-based tropes ascribed to women and objects. Surdell views her art practice as a personal tool for reconsideration, for re-thinking; teaching her new ways to read into, critically analyze, and consider her body in space. Ultimately, her goal is to deepen her understanding of historic misconceptions of women — leading to variant levels of open-mindedness and acceptance within the contemporary existence.
Surdell earned her BFA at Occidental College, CA where she focused on sculpture and installation. Surdell executed three large-scale public installations on the Occidental campus between the years of 2013-2015. In 2015, Surdell was honored at an exhibition at the Weingart Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. The same year, Surdell participated in a solo show at Boardwalk Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. In early 2016, Surdell began showing her work at Galerie LeRoyer in Montreal, QC where she participated in Unveiled, and continues to show. Surdell is currently preparing for a solo exhibition at Galerie LeRoyer in summer of 2018. Surdell earned her Masters of Fine Arts degree in 2017 from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the field of Fiber and Material Studies. In spring of 2017 Surdell was curator-selected to show in Cleve Carney art gallery’s ONE: Juried Emerging Artist Exhibition. She was also selected by curator Miranda Lash, curator of Contemporary Art at the Speed Art Museum, Louisville, Kentucky, to participate in South Bend Museum of Art’s Biennial 29.