Jacob Broussard Artist artworks for sale
Artist: Jacob Broussard
Live in: Lafayette, LA, United States
Artworks for sale: 0
Jacob Broussard Artist Bio:
I have always struggled with a constant critique and defense of the territory of home. What is it about home that gives one a sense of camaraderie? My work is based at an internal examination of personal experiences that reflect upon a provincial upbringing. There is an attempt to paint from a southern vernacular: a temperamental language that questions the connection between southern identity and geographical identification. By establishing vernacular spaces of operation, my work encourages a recognition of a conscious idiosyncratic otherness, along with the possibility of dis-identification within that otherness. To identify as a Southerner often means that one’s history is inescapable and inconceivably present. There is a interstitial dance between myth and reality, a cyclical hodgepodge of proving up, homesteading, childbearing, sorrow, humility, destruction, rebuilding; all fleshed out against a backdrop of a dangerously alluring and impossibly present landscape, balancing on it’s last leg. I am interested in a susceptibility to myth, the dynamics of altering a history, the sacrificing of a realism to tell another truth, and the act of creating speculative fiction within the familiar. There is a need to alter history to address temporal issues, following a pattern similar to the decontexualization and recontexualization of folklore. The south is often susceptible towards slipping out of a secular current, an oxbow meander that I believe can cultivate but also impair. Growing up in Louisiana, I have developed an interest with notions of regional identity. A long lineage of French Cajun decent has fueled my practice’s focus and fascination with history and place. I am currently interested in the false recognition that a landscape can embody. Place often operates as an analog and a construction for certain psychological states, and figuration slips in and out of pictorial genres. By creating insular spaces of inhabitance, the direction of my current work is exploring the correlation between landscape, abstraction, and self-invention. Painting in response to the southern landscape operates as a reaction and a testament to an American fascination with the exotic. There is an interest in the perversity of settling in a territory that cannot support an ambition, where optimism seeps into a sinkhole of delusion, and perspective functions out of a profound blind spot. What happens when an ambition collides with a landscape that it cannot support?