For me, inspiration and source material is never farther away than the nearest thrift store. I grew up taking things apart and putting them back together in new ways. As an adult, I have made a career out of taking something common and homely and turning it on end, beckoning people of all ages to inspect, discover, and engage with my playful creations. My large, wonder-filled installations are just as much about the audience’s interaction as they are about the objects themselves. My magical environments are full of whimsical creatures, hand-crafted from recycled textiles to become something fantastical, phantasmagoric, and yet never threatening. I have recently done large-scale installations at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR; Children’s Museum of Art Manhattan, New York, NY; Sargents Daughters Gallery, New York, NY; Mixed Greens Gallery, New York, NY; and the Wassaic Project, Wassaic, NY.
Jeila's ArtPrize Entries
These are Jeila's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.
Jeila's Past Work
These are images of past work that Jeila has done.