Cindy Jackson: Sculptures of Imposing Psychological Impact

Allison Malafronte Reporting

Editor, Fine Art Today

This California artist's larger-than-life sculptures capture the complexities of our psychological and physical constitution.

Cindy Jackson, "Yo-Yo Man (View 1)," resin, 52 x 45 x 42 in. This sculpture won the Gold Medal for Sculpture award at the CAC's recent 102nd Annual Gold Medal exhibition.

If one could combine the psychological profundity of Sigmund Freud with the dramatic artistry of his grandson Lucien Freud, the resulting form might look something like the sculptures of Cindy Jackson. This signature artist member of the California Art Club (CAC) and recent recipient of the CAC's Gold Medal for Sculpture Award at its 102nd Annual Gold Medal exhibition deftly invents works of imposing psychological impact and gravity-defying structure. "My work is about relationships between people and their relationship with themselves -- reflecting an inner psychology and internal motivation," Jackson stated in an interview with Poets & Artists magazine. "The human form is the object we, as humans, look at first. However, human form is only the shell that holds the deep complexities of our psychological inner lives. I explore our complex internal space as viewed from the outside external form. My work points to the life, confusions, and complexities of living within this body."

Jackson captures a complex range of inner and outer emotions, expressions, and attitudes by allowing her larger-than-life figures to take on multiple personalities and postures. Some sculptures like "Twist" and "Thirst" are so graceful, elegant, and still they seem to exist solely to soothe the eye and calm the soul. In other works, like "First Arrow" and "Always Wanting, Never Enough," Jackson exaggerates the size of limbs and appendages, the torque of the torso, or a facial expression to suggest psychological metaphors and symbolism, not unlike the paintings of Lucien Freud. Others, like "Ledge," "Resistance," and "Falling Away" signal human struggle and elicit sympathy and questioning, as we sense the battle the figure is feeling within himself or against the world. The diverse range of ideas, themes, and motivation Jackson explores flaunts her versatility and dexterity as a sculptor, and explains why this award-winning artist is highly sought after for both public and private commissions.

In addition to her recent CAC Gold Medal award, Jackson has won the Art Renewal Center's Second Prize for Sculpture Award, in 2012, and First Place in the 2004 National Small Sculpture Invitational, among other honors. She studied at Southern Illinois University, Webster University, and Art Center College of Design, and holds both a bachelor of fine arts degree and a bachelor of science degree. The artist was the director of academic affairs at the Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art from 2008 to 2010 and has taught at Art Center College of Design and Pasadena City College, among other schools and organizations. She has completed commissions for such clients as Disney Theme Parks (California and Tokyo), Boston Museum of Fine Art, Hasbro, Xerox, and DreamWorks, and is currently working on a Babi Yar Holocaust Memorial (sponsored by US-Ukraine Foundation), which will be installed in Kiev, Ukraine.

Cindy Jackson's "Yo-Yo Man" is on view in the California Art Club's 102nd Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition at the USC Fisher Museum of Art until June 23. For more information, visit

This article was featured in Fine Art Today, a new weekly e-newsletter from Fine Art Connoisseur magazine. June 2013