Jacqueline Nowakowski

Philadelphia PA

Jacqueline is a BFA Sculpture and Art History minor graduate of the Tyler School of Art at Temple University, Philadelphia with a background specializing in mold making, figurative studies, and special effects make-up. She explores the ideas of body idealism and estranged beauty from timeless and traditional sculpture to the underlying controversies of today's pop culture and beauty standards, while discovering the limits of human judgment and body dysmorphia. The fascination and questioning of beauty and body idealism began with her upbringing in the competitive dance world at the age of three. Jacqueline mainly works in clays and stone with other mixed media processes such as combining natural and acyclic hair and eyelashes. Many of her sculptures include a figurative element such as a child or toddler with exaggerated poses and features. Jacqueline believes that each and every one of us stems from a true and pure being. Children are the most honest and brave individuals. Children say what they mean, and mean what they say with no regards to feelings, politeness, or timing. They act in this same manner as well. There is always the argument that children act as raw clay and are molded into adults by the environment and people that surround them, but when it’s all said and done if a child wants to take off their clothes, that child will take off their clothes The work is playful and light but touches on more serious matters such as body image, modern ideals of beauty standards, the perverse, and inappropriate. These sculptures encapsulate the absurdness of children and Jacqueline's experience in the dance world as a young child and how it has effected her maturing into a young woman.