Jacqueline Surdell_Work Sample Inventory:
You’re A Hack
As an athlete my mind to body connection is fierce — I have trained this body for over ten years to acknowledge and understand the difference between the tiniest of movements, as well as the largest of movements. I have trained this body to be strong, fast, and capable. My biggest fear is to lose control of this body. Post election I was devastated, I still am devastated. I am angry, frustrated, and I feel out of control. I feel the anxiety of knowing I live in a country where the politics of my body, my choice, is determined, not by me, but by a governmental force whose beliefs I fundamentally disagree with. As the cliche millennial that I am I began googling, “survival” and the object of a “survival hatchet” popped up based on my previous Amazon orders. After watching the commercial video where the narrator repeatedly exclaims “this tool is a never dulling blade made for hard use in dire situations”, I ordered it immediately. Upon arrival I put the axe to use by chopping up 2x4s in order to build a 5’9” sculpture. The size of my body, the sculpture evokes a sense of broken-ness, remnants of a body, a broken foundation. Simultaneously, the act of chopping is a rendered, aggressive, act — displaying strength in bodily force.
Endurance of the Smile
Endurance of the Smile is a 7 minute long video-performance using facial endurance as a tool to explore personal versus perceived perception. Here I smile until my facial muscles can no longer tighten. The simple, humorous, subversion seeks to ask questions of the viewer, to make viewers aware of themselves, as well as to reflect upon their own biases as they participate in the work.
You must have good endurance to be an effective member of your team. Incorporating cardiovascular training into your workouts will help you improve your volleyball endurance so that you do not become fatigued towards the end of a challenging match.
Begin a regular jogging program to improve your endurance. Jogging will improve the strength of your heart and the efficiency in which your blood can carry oxygen and nutrients to your exercising muscles. Set a schedule to jog at least three days per week for 30 to 45 minutes to improve your endurance.
Include sprint training into your workouts to improve your endurance. Two to three times per week, find an open field or court and perform sprint workouts. Allow yourself 15 to 30 seconds of rest between sprints before you perform the next one. Increase the number of sprints you perform as your endurance improves, up to 30 sprints.
Jump rope to improve your endurance. Jumping rope will improve the endurance. Jump rope constantly until you tire, and then allow yourself 30 seconds of rest before jumping rope again. Set a schedule to jump rope for at least 20 minutes two to three times per week.
Ah, Pussy of the Sands: installation shots
Assisted Vertec, gym court plank, 2017
Human Measure, sweat and body paint on paper, 2017
She sights a Bird — she chuckles —
She flattens — then she crawls —
She Runs without the look of feet —
Her eyes increase to Balls—
Her Jaws stir — twitching — hungry —
Her Teeth can hardly stand —
She leaps, but Robin leaped the first —
Ah, Pussy, of the Sand,
the Hopes so juicy ripening —
You almost bathed your Tongue —
When Bliss discussed a hundred Toes —
And fled with every one —
- emily dickinson
Shuddering Turns to Sobbing: Project Description
gym court plank, audio, video, 2016
Survival Axe Sculpture, pine 2x4s chopped with survival axe, 2016
Coaches Award: An All Relative Color Field, black resin on gym court plank with deflated volleyball, 2016
Peering from below
gaze is fuzzy
skin from your scalp to your shoulders burn
steaming pellets smack
It feels good.
You want to be hurting
you’re too cowardly
perhaps too smart
knees buckle under their force
Blood rushes to knees
paralyzed under pressure
Blood paralyzed beneath skin.
the fog of your third eye.
One eyebrow travels
from the left to center –
then the other.
into the middle of your forehead —
they meet under force
long ends breaking under stress
press skin of your forehead
up towards your hairline.
wrinkly fingers press to their core.
continue their tireless action to the center
Pellets strike your neck
your skin screams.
Linear plains of string
settling under their own wet weight
like oil to skin —
adhered and burning.
tangled but smooth.
Stained bones meet your forehead.
rest there momentarily.
Hard cartilage on skull —
only a thin layer
plainer cells between the two.
eyelids extend —
out over dark,
Pressure — so much pressure within the dark eyes.
Heat, floods, saturated warmth,
blood vessels burst
leaving the color red.
The color of blood —
Different than stains of the body,
People tell me I have “nice eyes” —
brown in the shade
green in the light.
One must look closely to see the green —
beneath darkness there is lightness.
What is wrong with darkness I wonder —
why are you commenting on my eyes
what do my eyes say? —
what language do they speak?
Filling with clear lightness
they rub up down and left and right upon soft, wet, skin.
Black fibers cast little linear shadows from top of the
vision to bottom;
they are shells.
Hot water raises,
filling the space,
down the water flows.
pellets smack cheekbones.
shell fibers drop from top to bottom
oil shifts from shoulder to neck.
oil gets caught in the wrinkles of skin
silk fiber rests;
Little wrinkly lily pads,
ten of them,
stress upon raised muscle
Below stains —
Lily pads on fingers,
fingers on hands,
hands to broken wrists.
open and close,
joints creaking —
tighten their grasp
Skin shifts over bone.
shuddering turns to sobbing
eyebrows push —
they push so hard.
there is sound.
is this my own personal baptism?
knees crack in desperation,
stain ever present.
No way to clean it up now.
Braided cotton cord of various size, 2015-ongoing
Untitled Series is an ongoing series exploring knotting techniques as a type of connective drawing device, to create structure and define space. The performative, repetitive nature of the technique imbues an element of time as much as it speaks of space, volume, physicality, and endurance. The egalitarian material of rope and steel combined with physically laborious work collates in large-scale work, suggesting strength, machinery, and industry. The result is a series of sculptures rendered through a combination of industrial versus domestic, tradition versus modern, and formal appearance versus intense bodily exertion.