ARTIST’S STATEMENT

“Nature always wears the color of the spirit.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

The continual interplay and connectedness of the natural world and the human body has always fascinated me and informed my art. Tree limbs appear as outstretched arms and winding legs; human shapes and the internal workings of the body merge with the terrain in a continual flow of artistic imagery. Negative spaces offer continual surprises; textures, organic structures, earthen palettes and found materials are all integral to visually bringing the outside world in, and the inside world out. I see nature as a metaphor for daily life; never-ending transitions of growth, death, and re-birth.

Art making provides me with a language that expresses this immediacy while reflecting these ongoing cycles. This language is also an ongoing learning process: deeply observing nature always inspires another way to make or express something. I create, destroy and re-create my art, often shredding, cutting down, building up and turning things around, intentionally painting over something, harvesting from something else; all to see what new beauty and unplanned imagery arises from what existed before. Whether using found wood, cast bronze leaves and branches, canvas, oil, paper, watercolor or some combination of each, all materials offer up a different gift.

Unfolding

Detail, Unfolding

Wood, cast bronze branches, canvas paint, 2015

For me, nature offers up hidden messages that connect us on a cellular level. It is a continual journey of discovery that carries over into my studio practice. My hope is that my visual expression of this abiding change resonates with viewers, awakening some part of the psyche to the knowledge that we are all the same, we all come from the earth; we are growing and dying with every moment, and yes; there is always something to learn – as long as we remain open.

Elizabeth Bryan Jacobs
-Elizabeth Bryan-Jacobs, 2017