Karen Jacobs: Remnants and Patterns


To look at the art pieces of Karen Jacobs is to experience the magic of the dance of organic movement against a stable time frame for reference. Through each window of a partial grid, one sees flickering moments captured in time. At once, the pieces reveal the moment against the continuum of time in a paradox of multiple juxtapositions. These pieces invite deep contemplation.

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Karen’s work is influenced by the Bokusho – “The term bokusho refers to abstract sumi-e or calligraphic drawings. My rice paper/ India ink gestures are torn, manipulated, collaged and incorporated into textured canvas paintings. ”  Karen Jacobs

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About the Art

“An ongoing interest in the linear juxtaposition of remnants and patterns has led much of my work to be classified as geometric abstraction. Organized by divisions which aren’t always precise and shapes which tend to stack and interlock, the work may remain totally abstract or venture into suggestions of landscape or other elements of nature.”

 

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“There is, perhaps, a seed of an idea when I begin but I am quickly directed by the work, answering the needs, sorting the puzzles and discovering solutions. I work with layers of thick and thin color, washed or scumbled over a textured surface. Traces are left by the pentimento of assorted mark makers and scrached or removed paint; lines are straight, curved or gestural, surfaces are wiped, dripped and spattered; all adding to an eventual sense of accumulation and the essence of time.”

 

 

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“Though most paintings are acrylic/mixed media on canvas, I often venture into other media such as oil, watercolor, encaustic and ink… in addition to other painting forms such as the structural boxes I call Pylons which may be either wall hung or free standing.”

 

 

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About the Artist

 

 

“The early years of my art education and career were pursued as possible, second to the needs of a mobile military family. A move to Washington, D.C. permitted both the time and opportunity for studies at the Maryland College of Art and Design and with outstanding local artists and teachers. My learning experience continued through both outside sources and personal exploration wherever we happened to be.”

 

 

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“From high detail realism to total abstraction, I’ve always sought my own way and allowed the work to develop independently. My preferred medium is acrylic as it allows the impulsive changes necessary to my process, but I’ve worked extensively in nearly all painting mediums from watercolor to oils and encaustics plus several original print processes.”

 

 

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“My professional career has included representation in numerous galleries from Santa Fe to D.C., New York to New Orleans, Memphis and Atlanta. I’ve competed and won awards internationally and my work is in private and corporate collections around the world. I currently live in Birmingham, Alabama.”

 

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