Marina Jacob

FügeI explore hybridity and metamorphosis by introducing elements of drawing into sculptural works and vice versa. For example, I use mark-making inherent to drawing in my sculptural works and turn sculptures into protagonists of my drawings. The sculptures in question can be historical, physically existing works, as well as literary and mythical personages, be it a statue of the Commander, Gargoyles of Notre Dame or a Trojan horse. On the other hand, I use sculptural process and materials for my drawings, including molten and sawn metals, wax and glass.
A deliberately large scale of the works accentuates the materiality of the drawings and their phenomenological aspect of the bodies in space. I’m permanently concerned with materiality and processes, with the intense inner life of the materials. It is on the level of the material imagination that I’m trying to connect with the viewer.
The philosophical ideas of Gaston Bachelard and Bruno Latour’s theories concerning the agency of objects inform these views. A secret life of the substance is full of surprises, sometimes it is able to explode barriers and to short-cut preconceptions in unthinkable ways. The works hesitate on the threshold of knowledge and approaches the answers along the avenues in which rational cognition doesn’t enjoy exclusivity.
In my current work series Geometry of the Echoes I’m “caging the fire” and explore the elements of Fire and Earth. The works have been triggered by the fire of Notre Dame and received further impulses from the rainforest fires and a brand at Krefeld zoo. It is also informed by the research on cultures practicing human sacrifice.
A tension field between religion, science, art and politics is complex and multi-layered. It isn’t a hope for finding answers that motivates my work. It is rather a translation of questions into language of material imagination that interests me. This language is sometimes direct, but oftener more obscure and interesting for a synthetic reading.
The weapon-like industrial coldness of the steel, an emotionally charged sensual warmth of copper, an uncanny feel of the dead paper skins, a vascularity of the red wax, they all are being tested in the alchemist’s retort here. The measurements of the paper “bodies” are as tell telling as their levitation, their seeming entropy immediately reacting to a human presence, to the bodily warmth, movement and position.
Marina Jacob is a German artist based in Frankfurt am Main. Her practice includes sculpture and large format drawing, sometimes with performative elements. marina tests the potential of material imagination as a hybrid space and a catalyst. Her works are in equal measure Informed by philosophical, sociological, musical theories and by experimentation with ethnic crafts. The artist studied Fine art at Chelsea College of Arts, UAL, London and received a MA degree with distinction from Kingston University, Kingston School of Arts, London.



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Vita
Vita

2018- 2019 Kingston University London, MA Art and Space with distinction
2018- Artist
2016-2017 UAL, University of the Arts London, Chelsea college of arts, Graduate Diploma Fine Art
2011-2016- Self-employed, Marina Jacob Design®
2010-2012 Ecole de la Bijouterie-Joaillerie BJOP de la rue du Louvre, Paris
1987-1992 State University for Cinema and Television, Saint-Petersburg

Other educational activities and Projects

August 2018 Workshop “Organic solar futures” organized by Vitra Design Museum/Domaine de Boisbuchet, Lessac, France. Creating of a site-specific work using Organic Photovoltaic thin film technologies
March 2018 Workshop “Glass casting”, CERFAV, Vannes-le-Châtel

October 2016-December 2016 “3D CAD, Rhinoceros”, course at UAL, LCF, London


Exhibitions, Awards

July 2017 Shortlisted for Blanc Canvas, Clyde & Co, London
May 2017 Safehouse, Peckham, London. Group exhibition “Big fridge”
February 2017 Cookhouse, UAL, London. Group exhibition “Hot dairy”
2017 German Design Award, special mention
2015 Gem Empathy Award of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain for design “Crushed Ice”
2012 BJOP Paris
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Exhibitions
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Publications
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Group Exhibitions
Reflections 2002 Hannover
Internationale Kunstausstellung Altes Dampfbad 2013  Baden-Baden
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Social Media
https://www.instagram.com/marinajacob16/
https://www.facebook.com/MarinaJacobArt
https://www.facebook.com/MJacob5
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Artist Initiative ARTISTS AND OTHER ANIMALS
https://artists-and-other-animals.org
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Awards
2020 Project grant from Hessische Kulturstiftung for Flower Coordinates
2015 Gem empathy design award of the Royal Gemmological Association of Great Britain
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Residencies
2020 Public Art funded residency in Örebro county, Sweden (postponed to 2021 due to Covid)
Music of your life Part 2 Performance. Stainless steel, mild steel, acrylic, glass, paint.
Marina Jacob
Extraterrestres
Marina Jacob
Something to lose. Ceramic, glaze.
Marina Jacob
Where the heart beats
Inspired by Milan Kundera's "The unbearable lightness of being" the work is a weighty material meditation on the notions of truth, value and the nature of forces giving shape to the sketch of the individual life.Mild steel, acrylic.
Marina Jacob, Metall, Kunststoff
The Bell. Stainless steel, mild steel, glas, copper, textile.
Marina Jacob
Brainwashing Machine
Marina Jacob
IOOI
Reflection on the nature of the Self and its relation to the Other informed by existentialist and Buddhist approaches.
Marina Jacob, Kunststoff, Licht
Either/Or
Mild steel
Marina Jacob, Metall
Geormetries of the echoes. Fragment
eometries of the echoes Installation view and fragment cast glass, mild steel, copper, wax, wall fragments, ink, pencil, gouache on paper, 250x250x600cm full size, 2019 Triggered by the fire of Notre Dame Explores material imagination and element of fire through the lens of the philosophical works by Gaston Bachelard. Concerned with the role of the faith and imagination A „Fire“ series of works dealing with the history of deaths by burning on stake, of the demolition of Russian churches, of the rainforest fires and the fire in Krefeld zoo
Marina Jacob, Metall, Stahl
The inside of milk is black
Materlial Imagination. Memory.
Marina Jacob
Geometries of the echoes. Fragment
cast glass, mild steel, copper, wax, wall fragments, ink, pencil, gouache on paper Triggered by the fire of Notre Dame Explores material imagination and element of fire through the lens of the philosophical works by Gaston Bachelard. Concerned with the role of the faith and imagination for the meaning making as a key human activity .A „Fire“ series of works dealing with the history of deaths by burning on stake, of the demolition of Russian churches, of the rainforest fires and the fire in Krefeld zoo.
Marina Jacob, Metall, Glas


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