‘Embedded Grief-Trapping Gemstone with Ferns, Datura, and Monk’s Hood’ by Jesse Jacobi
Artist: Jesse Jacobi
Title: ‘Embedded Grief-Trapping Gemstone with Ferns, Datura, and Monk’s Hood’
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas, Finished with Medium-Gloss Varnish
Dimensions: 14” x 11” x 1.5”
Year of Creation: 2018
Artwork Will Ship From: USA
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.
Embedded Grief-Trapping Gemstone with Ferns, Datura, and Monk’s Hood came to me during a period of great vulnerability, and with no planning – something I never do with a painting. I wanted it to feel and look like something that was not necessarily meant to be seen, unknowable yet strangely comforting. It is a small painting, but I feel that it strikes close to the emotional essence of what I am attempting to convey in my work. It is my hope that its allure is felt by others.” – 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.