During the month of October, the Manassas Campus will host an exhibition of artwork by adjunct Lauren Jacobs titled “In Which We Reside,” the show features mixed media sculptures.
A lifelong lover of mythopoetic narrative, Jacobs uses surrealism to discuss links between body, emotion, wilderness and architecture in her art.
“Because our experiences of the world come to us through our senses, I believe that the boundary where body meets environment is where consciousness emerges,” she said.
Jacobs draws inspiration from dreams, mythology and the natural metaphors she sees around her. Most of her works are mixed media sculptures, with soft and hard components, relating to hair, bone, architecture, anatomy, roots or branches.
“I consider them figure sculptures,” she said. “I use saturated colors and detail work like embroidery, beadwork, patina and painting to create a push-pull between visceral, surreal imagery and beauty.”
Jacobs holds a bachelor’s degree in fine art with a double major in sculpture and fiber art from the Maryland Institute College of Art, and a master’s degree in fine arts from Cranbrook Academy of Art where she concentrated on fiber sculpture. She teaches fine and applied art courses at University of Mary Washington, Art Institute of Washington, and NOVA. Her art has been shown in more than 40 exhibitions.
A reception to meet the artist was held on October 16 in the exhibit space on the first floor of Colgan Hall. The exhibition is free and open to the public. Hours of operation are 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Fridays, and 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturdays. For more information, contact Professor Barbara Lash at email@example.com.