Sarah Jacobs

Born in 1984 - United States


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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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

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

Declawed, Marcus Boyd, Baltimore

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

Dionysus and Friends, Angelfalls Studios II, Baltimore

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


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

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

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

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

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

Out of Order, Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, MD
Body Parts, Hoffberger Gallery, Baltimore, MD
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


Arts Council England/National Lottery Grant for the Arts

Denkmalschmiede Höfgen Artist Grant, Germany

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

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

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