One of artist Tamara Jaeger’s greatest accomplishments is her ability to take blunt, pragmatic
pieces of wood and make them a cohesive element of a visual story — all without transforming them
too much from their original state.
The artist’s restraint and distinctive eye are evident in her show of 28 “Works in Wood” at the
Ohio State University Faculty Club.
Nepalese Boy, a 2014 artwork, consists of only two parts. On top is a weathered but quiet
ceramic face with a hat; the bottom is made of a piece of wood that might have come from a dresser
or another decorative piece of furniture.
Jaeger has orchestrated the original scalloped edges and carved designs to perfectly convey
Nepalese dress; evidence of the artist’s alterations is found only in painted epaulets.
In addition to the shapes of her medium, which is found and repurposed wood, Jaeger uses
gesture, pattern and color to inform