Darla Jackson is most notably recognized for her bizarre animal sculptures that have been seen infiltrating spaces throughout Philadelphia. Past exhibitions include While you were out… at the Philadelphia Art Alliance, Anatomy Now at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Wild at Heart at Thinkspace Gallery in Culver City, CA and Freak Antique at the Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts in Wilmington, DE.. Jackson graduated with a BFA in Sculpture from Moore College of Art in 2003 and continues to live and work in Philadelphia, PA. She currently teaches sculpture classes at the Fleisher Art Memorial and runs the Philadelphia Sculpture Gym, which she started with the help of a Knight Arts Challenge grant in 2011.
My sculpture is an exploration of the human psyche in which I strive to show duality of emotions. In order to express these ideas, I use feelings that have been turned into recognizable visual objects, or symbols, and juxtapose them with other elements to create this duality. Through the anthropomorphism of animals, the use of strong body language of figures and the use of symbolism, I can convey my emotions and ideas in a way that is more approachable for viewers. The end result is familiarity with an oddness that makes it compelling.