Joel Jaecks

Were We Ever Really Children?, 1982
Mixed media
9 x 4 x 2 in
SKU: 2106d
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'Were We Ever Really Children?' is a rare early example of the small-scale assemblages that American artist Joel Jaeks began producing in the 1980s. As with all of his assemblages, the artwork is constructed inside an envelope-sized paper board box – then filled with what can only be called memories, ideas and fading dreams: 'Were We Ever Really Children?' has inscribed on the back wall the lyrics to the song 'What's Made Milwaukee Famous,' written by Glenn Sutton and released as a country single by Jerry Lee Lewis in 1968. In front of the song, intentionally obscuring it, is a branch covered in paper tape and white paint, mimicking the appearance of snow. The snow motif is carried throughout the rest of the box, which is painted white and covered in subtle snow-like glitter. 


Artwork Size: 9" x 4" x 2"


Titled and dated by the artist on the base. Artwork is in overall good and stable condition. There is some buildup of dust.