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Sarah Jacobs

Born in 1984 - United States

BIOGRAPHY

Sarah Jacobs explores notions of globalisation and hybrid national identities in her suspended canvases that hang like traditional tapestries or flags from dowel rods. Although born and based in the US, Jacobs has travelled extensively, seeking inspiration from the diverse communities and countries she has visited.

Sarah Jacobs's paintings become dynamic swirls of patterns that she states, “glorify their noise, complexity and entanglements”. In her ‘Ethosphere’ series these patterns and symbols are abstracted to create a rich and colourful tapestry that seem to lift emblems and motifs from national flags.

The juxtaposition of colours and form appear harmonious but on closer inspection the elements are fractal and transitory, where the viewer’s gaze is distracted and is propelled around the canvas. The dichotomy of order and chaos is skilfully represented by the artist’s hand, raising questions of the success and legacy of globalisation and its impact on international communities.

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EXHIBITIONS

SELECTED SOLO & TWO-PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2015
Ethosphere, Phaze 2 Gallery at Shepherd University, Shepherdstown, WV (upcoming)
Ethosphere, RandallScottProjects, Baltimore, MD
Expand/Collapse, (2-person) Scott Center Gallery, Westminster, MD, exhibition with Robyn Jacobs, curated by Margaret Ball

2014
Complication & Simplicity, (2-person) Stone Space Gallery, London, 2-person exhibition with Natalie Dunham, curated by The Stone Space board
Ethosphere, Galeria U, Wroclaw, Poland, curated by Dominika ?ab?d
Ethosphere, West Gallery at Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA, curated by John Kovaleski
Ethosphere, (solo installation) Bristol Cathedral, Bristol, UK, curated by Jordan Kelly & the Bristol City Council Arts Development Team

2010
Declawed, Marcus Boyd, Baltimore

2009
Kisses in the Trophy Room, (Two-person) Gunnar Galleries, Gettysburg, PA, exhibition with Michel Model, curated by Adrian Sauers

2008
Dionysus and Friends, Angelfalls Studios II, Baltimore

2007
Mother-Daughter, (Two-person) Penn State, Mount Alto, Exhibition with Robyn Jacobs


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2015
Ignis Fatuus: Dreams & Delusions, Mehta Bell Projects, Lights of Soho Gallery, London, UK
Untitled No. 5, RandallScottProjects, Baltimore, MD, curated by Randall Scott

2013
Tell Me Again, TIL Gallery/The Invisible Line, London, UK, curated by Tara Aghashloo

2012
La Petite Muerte, Drawers Gallery, London, UK, curated by Kirsty Harris
Color Shift, Billboard Art Project, Atlanta, GA, curated by Katerina Lanfranco
Nord Art 2012, (juried annual) Kunstwerk Carlshütte, Büdelsdorf, Germany, curated by Wolfgang Gramm

2011
Brilla, Brilla, Brilla, (juried) Billboard Art Project, San Bernardino, CA
Deptford X, Art Hub Gallery, London, UK
Declawed, (juried) Billboard Art Project, Duluth, MN

2010
MFA Thesis Exhibition, Decker Gallery, Baltimore, MD
Women of Hoffberger, Sub Basement Gallery, Baltimore, MD, curated by Jeffrey Kent
Wet on Wet, Fox 3 Gallery, Baltimore, MD

2009
Out of Order, Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, MD
Body Parts, Hoffberger Gallery, Baltimore, MD
2005-2008
Three Men and Some Bitches, Fox 3 Gallery, Baltimore, MD
Hoffglitter, Kat Gallery, Baltimore, MD, curated by Katherine Rohrbacher
Debut, Art House Lounge, Harrisburg, curated by Jason Piper
Best of Adams County, (juried) Adams County Juried Exhibition, Gettysburg
Art of the State, (juried) State Museum of PA Juried Exhibition, Harrisburg
Student Exhibition, Piazza Donatello Painting Studio, Florence, Italy


GRANTS/AWARDS

2013
Arts Council England/National Lottery Grant for the Arts

2011
Denkmalschmiede Höfgen Artist Grant, Germany

2010
London International Creative Competition Shortlist, London
International Painting Awards, Manifest Creative Research Gallery, Cincinnati, USA

2008-10
Maryland Institute College of Art Grant
2008 P.E.O. Grant

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