Kelly Jazvac

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Kelly Jazvac
Born1980 (age 42–43)
EducationUniversity of Victoria, University of Guelph
Known forSculptor, Installation artist, Collagist

Kelly Jazvac (born 1980) is a Canadian artist whose work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. She is based in Montreal, Quebec, where she is an associate professor at Concordia University.


Kelly Jazvac received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Guelph in 2003, and her Master of Fine Arts from the University of Victoria in 2006.[1]

Artistic practice[edit]

Jazvac works primarily in sculpture, installation, and collage. Her work has often expressed environmental concerns pertaining to pollution, environmental waste, the fetishization of images and products, and the afterlife of human activity and presence.[2] Jazvac describes her own views on sculpture and installation as, "a practice that addresses the way objects and human bodies coexist in the world."[3]

She often works with salvaged vinyl, which she physically transforms to create compressed sculptures.[2] Her practice has been described as having, "ecological overtones, as a salvaging enterprise that might result in a wearable quilt or a habitable shelter."[4] Some have compared Jazvac's textile-like wall hangings to the work of Robert Rauschenberg.[5][6]

Jazvac is also known for the Plastiglomerates, which were collected from Kamilo Beach, Hawaii. The name was proposed by Jazvac alongside Charles Moore and Patricia Corcoran, and it designates a type of stone that contains mixtures of natural debris melded with hardened molten plastic. The plastiglomerates have been displayed as both sculptural ready-mades and as natural history specimens.[7] It has been suggested that the plastiglomerates may be considered a marker of the Anthropocene.[8]


  1. ^ "Kelly Jazvac". Department of Visual Arts, Western University.
  2. ^ a b Cormier, Stephanie (2013). "Kelly Jazvac and Kelly Wood". Border Crossings. 32: 140.
  3. ^ "Kelly Jazvac, Sculpture and Installation Artist - Canadian Art". Canadian Art. 2012-02-23. Retrieved 2017-03-18.
  4. ^ Adler, Daniel. "Kelly Jazvac at YYZ Artists' Outlet". Retrieved 2017-03-18.
  5. ^ Nicholas, Vanessa. "Canadian Art -- Kelly Jazvac: Vinyl Virtuoso". Retrieved 2017-03-18.
  6. ^ "Landscapes capture the rush and tumble of time passing". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2017-03-18.
  7. ^ "Plastiglomerate - Journal #78 December 2016 - e-flux". Retrieved 2017-03-18.
  8. ^ Nuwer, Rachel (2014-06-09). "Future Fossils: Plastic Stone". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-03-18.