Valentina De’ Mathà
January 9th—February 6th
reception: January 9th 6-8pm
Sarah Jacobs bright, tightly rendered paintings. Traditional and contemporary patterns gathered locally and from around the globe collide and change one another in dramatic, often swirling compositions. Jacobs uses visual patterns to represent modes of thought or patterns of living. We each categorize and frame the mystery of existence in unique ways, we tell ourselves stories, but our paradigms usually do not easily accommodate those of others. These painted interactions speak of the complexity and beauty in discovering, navigating, and adapting to new philosophies. The paintings hope to illustrate the possibility of creating something fresh by combining or adapting extant ideas.
Jacobs' work, although it looks hard-edged, perhaps computer generated from a distance, is meticulously hand-painted. This obsessive devotional aspect of its production is essential because the subject matter, although hopeful, relates to human vulnerability.
Based in Baltimore, Jacobs received her MFA in 2010 from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. She has lived and worked in the United States and Britain. Her work has exhibited in the UK, Poland, Germany and the United States, and she has taken part in artist residencies in Germany and Colombia.