‘Body at Rest upon Excarnation Altar Among the Beasts of Dream’ by Jesse Jacobi
Artist: Jesse Jacobi
Title: ‘Body at Rest upon Excarnation Altar Among the Beasts of Dream’
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas, Finished with Medium-Gloss Varnish
Dimensions: 16” x 20” x 1.5”
Year of Creation: 2018
About the Artwork:
“Both of my pieces for ‘Invitations to Travel’ were created during a significant transitional period in my life, and therefore contain symbols that are admittedly personal. However, I would like to think that both images might each touch upon some ideas or feelings which are more universally understood.
Body at Rest upon Excarnation Altar Among the Beasts of Dream concerns different types of death, not limited to that of the body.Represented as well: entrapment within nebulous states of being, creatures from nightmares and the sensuous experiences of non-human lifeforms.” – Jesse Jacobi
About the Artist:
My current work focuses on an unnamed culture of people living in a mysterious, heavily-forested world. While I make it a point to not be explicit about any concrete narrative happenings, there is a clear framework of visual and thematic motifs involved: reverence for nature, the use of masks and various obscuring garb, cycles of life and death, structures in differing stages of ruin, dream symbolism, and the space between visible and invisible environments. The time and place depicted in my paintings is intentionally unclear, with a focus on environment that is equal to or greater than that of the figures within these environments.
I was born near Detroit in 1987. Outside of the most elementary art classes in public school, I am a self-taught artist. I have dabbled for as long as I can remember, and decided to truly begin practicing at the beginning of 2016.