Art Reviews"The elegant torn paper collages of Jean Wolff embody a powerful duality and synthesis of opposites. Her natural sense of design creates sophisticated and refined works, yet at the same time they are physical, tactile, sculptural and reveal a hint of edginess. The juxtaposition of organic, almost anthropomorphic sparkling white torn edges, played against geometric hard edges and shapes, the use of sumptuous complementary colors and dark tones played against subtle delicate nuances, give these collages a deep resonance and power." "There is a verticality to most of her work, where one can perceive different dimensions, portals and layers which move in and out of space. Here again the concurrence of spatial illusion contrasted against physical presence is expressed. There is also a duality in the thick layers of surface material built up of watercolor-painted paper, giclee prints, and sometimes chicken wire which plays against the surface illusionary textures of intricate marbleized swirls."
"Collaged and imprinted surface texture play with the shallow bas relief which is both tangible and imaginal suggesting other dimensions. These densely layered collages are rooted in sculpture. The shadows of the layered torn paper extend the bounadaries of two dimension into three dimension. But her process is always spontaneous and intuitive, very different form the meditative and planned work of her sculpture."
Linda Jacobson, Artist...Teacher...Writer
"Wolff's sensuous treatment of shape and surface brings the art of sculpture back to nature and the most elemental sources of inspiration. Her sculptures are elegant, as well as erudite, thus becoming treats for the eye as well as the mind."
Jean Mekig, Journalist The Desert Sun
"Wolff's small table sculptures possess an intimacy and accessibility that compel the viewer to become part of them: to touch and caress physically and investigate intellectually both their surface and their interior. Integral to the sculptures are the pedestals that she has created for each piece. Not only do they present the work at the right height and environment to fully appreciate them, a problem that is inherent in small sculpture but the pedestals enhance the spiritual presence of the work. Like shrines or alters, these tables compliment and complete the overall intent of the artist."
Jim Reed, Curator Riverside Art Museum
"Wolff eschews power tools, utilizing instead the more traditional mallets and chisels, for this method yields an intimate understanding of, and relationship with, the material. Even the investment in time required with hand tools adds to the finished character of the artwork, the experience of executing the piece, and to the artist's skills. The collector is assured a unique acquisition. Jean Wolff's sculptures are metaphors for feelings, emotions, and ideas... The metaphors involve subtle conceptual connections... Wolff's sculpture is not conceptual, though, but rather emotive and intuitive. That is, it is not a guessing game utilizing clues and hints. Rather, these works are aimed at the stimulation of the sensitivity and sensuality of the viewer."
Douglas A. Deaver, Ph. D. Art Review