KATHRYN JACOBI: ORGANIC FRACTILES
“I saw a friend’s first drawings on scratchboard. I was immediately intrigued. Drawing with an etching needle or special sharp, spade-shaped nib to scratch white lines through a prepared ink surface over a clay ground, I found a medium that was highly satisfying. It gave me the advantage of a full range of tonality between dark and light values, while still using a tool that felt comfortable and totally natural.
In these drawings, I can move the tool over the surface just a small distance, with the movement of my hand anchored in one place by my wrist. I move the stylus in short, parallel lines, which usually forms a curved plane. At the end of each series of strokes, I move my hand and continue, building up the volumes and directions slowly, deliberately, and yet without a preconceived plan of how the drawing will emerge. I find this practice exciting in its abstraction, whereas my other modalities of work are almost always figurative and determined. These abstractions have a definite pattern of emergence. The forms are almost always organic, and mimic the process of creating fractals on a computer. Each form becomes a variable that is added to and developed to become part of a much more complex whole.”
Kathryn Jacobi is a classically trained contemporary realist painter, printmaker, and photographer who has been exhibiting in galleries and museums throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe.
Kathryn was born in Manhattan, New York. She attended UCLA, UC Berkeley, and California State University Northridge, where she received her BA and her MA. Kathryn presently lives in Santa Monica and has a studio in Los Angeles.
the online exhibition at Demossa