Gray Jacobik Artist: Has 0 artworks for sale
Artist: Gray Jacobik
Live in: Deep River, CT, United States
Artworks for sale: 0
Gray Jacobik Artist Bio:
I am a full-time experimental studio artist whose practice is focused on abstract work in acrylic and in encaustic. Encaustic is a highly-pigmented combination of beeswax and damar resin (the resin allows the finished work to become very hard and develop a high sheen). I paint on cradled basswood panels, usually in a square format, works up to 36x36 inches. The imagery that concerns me most is that of the Earth from space and of deep space, and because, when painting in encaustic, I work in a medium that uses thermal energy and air currents, as well as constantly changing from a liquid to a solid state (and each of the chemical particulates in the pigments behaving differently), I am able to make use of some of the same forces that shaped the planet and the formation of the cosmos. I see myself as participating in acts of co-creation rather than representation or the making of non-objective work. I have been most influenced by the work of Richard Diebenkorn, Helen Frankenthaler, Joan Mitchell, and among contemporary painters, Emily Mason, Brian Rutenberg and Frank Bowling. Images of the Earth from space and of deep space, have newly impacted the human imagination. I feel similarly about the concepts, metaphors and images derived from astronomy, astrophysics and systems theory, as well as what we have come to see through microscopes and telescopes of the micro and macro worlds of the biological, geological, topographical realms. Scientific concepts, such as string theory, fractals and self-organizing systems, are another source of visual and metaphorical ideas that influence my work. Interpreting these ideas abstractly excites my imagination, and my own excitement leads me to reason that what I paint might be of value to others. When I'm painting, I experience a state akin to trace: My brain and body act upon the materials at-hand, and they, in turn, influence my direction. I alter my gestures, colors, lines, overall composition, my rhythm, and my materials, in service of an aesthetic that's been evolving over a lifetime of visual experience. "What constitutes integrity in a work of art?" is one question that guides my inquiry, as does my deepest-felt objective, to create works that are interesting and beautiful in equal measure. As I complete a work I continually stop and ask myself, is this truly interesting? is it beautiful? I'll leave the final assessment to others, since I don't think the answer is something I can know, but I do keep these questions uppermost in mind as a means of coaxing my work forward." I put my formal education to use (B.A. Goddard College, M.A. & Ph.D., Brandeis University) by teaching for several years as a Professor of Literature at Eastern Connecticut State University and in the MFA program at the University of Southern Maine. After a long career writing, teaching and publishing poetry, I work now as a full-time studio artist in a small New England village on the Connecticut River. On numerous occasions, I've exhibited my work in juried and in open group exhibits, and I've had three solo exhibits, two of those curated. My work has been shown throughout New England and in New York, and some of my paintings have been published along with my poems. During the period 2012 to 2013, my work has been featured as cover art on five books and journals. I have a painting in the permanent collection of The Florence Griswold Museum and in private collections on both the East and West coasts of the U.S. and in Great Britain.