“Man is the most insane species. He worships an invisible God and destroys a visible Nature. Unaware that this Nature he’s destroying is this God he’s worshiping.
This quote explains quite simply the question I ask myself when creating for past decade. Why is plastic in such surplus when it is also what is suffocating our planet.
This is where my art has landed as quickly as a dragonfly and as slow as molasses.
When I started passionately working with waste it was because of my love of Alexander Calder’s Circus. This gave the seeds of my mind the validation to grow. I began using wire while attending VCU as a painting and printmaking major because it was a non traditional drawing material, wire mesh screen was the shading. I quilt my materials. My art making is very portable. My supplies consist of snips, punches, and needle nose pliers. Walking to work at the Whitney Museum of American Art from my Hell’s Kitchen apartment I would find special things, old things, things with a history.
Those objects would become the features of my pieces. I always still painted and drew, but I feel all of my disciplines are one, very free following art form.
The skins have changed from mesh to plastics about a decade ago. At first it was because I wanted to add color in my sculptures, but it was also becoming a very accessible. I can painting plastic with acrylics as small abstracts.
Through working with one use plastic, i have seen a travesty that I can now un see. We as a species have put convenience above our well being with plastic. So as an Artist my mission has been to bring this massive problem as good for thought.
In 2016 I started working on the ying and yang of plastic and the lost of our Coast in Southeastern Louisiana. As A Studio In Woods Flint and Steel resident I started making my creations plastic shrines that actually surround you. This is the first time I actually thought about pollution and the way religion looks at this Global problem. I was curious about the juxtaposition of worshiping nature in a plastic cocoon as well how plastic had become a false God. The piece I am working on currently now pLASTic HABITat is on the corner Magazine and Gravier where the piece is like a 3/d painting where all components can be changed and move around canvas ( 20’x2’x8’) space.
In this piece I have been filling with plastic wetland fauna appears as the real wetlands disappear.
Jacqueline Ehle Inglefield
500 Third Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
I draw with debris, currently quilting reused plastics together into 2D or 3D sculptures and environments. My creations are sturdy, but light, and made solely with hand tools. In Louisiana, I dove into my pLASTic HABITat series that laments our complicity in the loss of our wetlands as we smother the planet in polymer skins.
Virginia Commonwealth University
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Painting and Printmaking, 1992, Richmond, VA
Recent Work & Achievements
School of Visual Arts Residency Program
Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Sense of Place Residency
New Orleans, Louisiana
Silos Sawyer Yard
Installation of Preservation Hall Mardi Gras Display 2021
2021 pLASTic HABITat house float
Mardi Gras 2021
Private Art Lessons
(Information on request)
Ellis Marsalis window installation pop up at 441 Gravier , Magazine street side 2020
Character “Jackie” based on me in Amelia Bedelia Paint the Town 2020
Kanaval Float for Preservation Hall Jazz Band,
Krewe of Freret Parade
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
The Reach Opening, Kennedy Center, Washington DC, September 7,2019
Shrine to Louisiana
Prospect 4 Satellite
Art Klub 2017-2018
Sense of Place: Bucktown Seafood,
Ogden Museum Of Southern Art,
Shrines to the Wetlands,
Flint and Steel, A Studio in Woods 2016
Sense of Place: Swamp, Tall Tales and Debris,
Ogden Museum Of Southern Art
Derelict Crab Trap Project,
Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation, 2016
Louisiana Contemporary 2015, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans
Torpedo Factory Art Center
Visual Arts Teacher PK-3rd Grade Encore Academy 2017-2018, Upturn Arts 2014-2020 Jewish Community Center 2021-2022
*more upon request
My name is Jacqueline Ehle Inglefield, and I am a visual artist. Born in New Orleans at Hotel Deiu August 7, 1968. My Dad got a job in Virginia, but my family were the only ones to leave. My family would drive down to New Orleans on any breaks we had. My love of New Orleans is vast. My husband asked me where I would want to live. There was no other choice. New Orleans is my home. Moving back in January 2014, I have had residencies with both the Ogden Museum of Southern Art and A Studio in the Woods. I conduct an open studio that focuses on reusing everyday materials. I worked the Arts Demonstration Tent at the 2019 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, which led that fall to an installation activation at the opening of The Reach at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC.