Bound symbolizes enslavement, imprisonment, and disrespect, from colonial to contemporary times. Originally carved in black walnut wood, the configuration of the wood lent itself to a partial kneeling figure. As the carving progressed, I felt it took on this burden of heaviness, deep sorrow, and humiliation. Yet, under all of that, there is determination to survive.
I have two adult sons who are part of a mixed-race family. We have had many discussions about what that means and how it affects them in this time. One of the ongoing conversations their father had with them was “The Talk”—how to respond if they are stopped by the police—be cooperative, polite, and nonaggressive in order not to provoke. It is heartbreaking to have to teach your children this to protect them.
Jacqueline Lorieo is a medalist, sculptor, and occupational therapist. She lives in Yonkers, N.Y., with her husband, Dr. Danne Lorieo. She is on the board of directors of the Blue Door Art Center, the Hudson Valley Artists Association(co-president), and Mamaroneck Artists Guild, and is a member of the Yonkers Historical Society as well as several arts organizations.
Lorieo models in clay and carves in wood and stone, with her pieces ranging from half-life size to small handheld medals. Many are figurative fragments, fired in clay or cast in bronze or glass. The small medals often represent universal themes. Her medical background has influenced the form and themes of her artwork. The powerful content of her work is beautiful, feminine, nurturing, and revealing.
Lorieo’s work is included in public and private collections including the British Museum, the American Numismatic Society, Helen Hayes Hospital in New York, and Gaylord Hospital in Connecticut. She created the Founders Award medals for St. Lukes Hospital in New York , the Challenger award medal for Gaylord Hospital, and the Acting Without Boundaries organization. She has exhibited in numerous shows in the United States and abroad. Lorieo has won several awards, including the gold medal for sculpture from the National Association of Women Artists.
Her current projects include a large relief (3’x2’) of downtown Yonkers based on the Stauffer historic painting from 1784 and three sculptures of disabled veterans participating in wheelchair races and adapted sports.
Jacqueline Lorieo on Bound
Sculptor Jacqueline Lorieo discusses her piece Bound and how the subject took on new significance in the last year.