Artist Statement

Sarah Jacobs
Artist Statement

Patterns, either designed by me or gathered locally or from around the globe, collide or change one another in dramatic, often swirling compositions. Some patterns were designed by man, others taken from nature. One goal in creating these paintings is to force patterns, which normally flatten an image, into visual depth and volume using design principals. The result of this manipulation can look dramatic and can be confusing.

I use 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. The visual complexity of the paintings can be a lot to take in, but the artwork is ultimately optimistic.

My 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.

- Sarah Jacobs

"I want to be at home with the paradoxical, the ambiguous, and the random."  - John Baldassari