Lidy Jacobs – Blue feathers
A beautiful and daring collage with feathers and artificial clay.
The work of Lidy Jacobs can best be characterized, where the opinion is formed between the eye and the brain. The basic impulses of art, creating a new kind of creature through the soft sculptures and collages, are simultaneously presented in an underworld, where the dynamics of our existence come to life.
Jacobs’ images are fierce, both substantively and in form; they confirm the collective consciousness of the eternal duality of man, namely the intellect versus the physical.
In the soft sculptures and collages the sculptural form and extreme attention to detail dominate. That commitment to classical perfection and balance give her most shocking pictures a universal charge.
Balancing between eroticism and childlike innocence, Jacobs’ work raises questions about sexuality, beauty, malleability of the human body and normative imaging in mass culture. She starts a dialogue with the glamorous image that upholds the tireless modeling world. She knows what the power of watching induces. With her scissors she cuts out advertising material, leaving only contours, until just fabrics of lace remain. Only when the plasticity and the anecdotal are cut out, the images take on their intended effect, a universal image of movement, nudity and atmosphere that reveal the essence of man.
At the same time, the public is bewildered by the biting humor in her work. She enjoys confusing the spectator, breaking the fixed viewing and thinking patterns.
With her soft images, Lidy Jacobs shows the many facets of sexuality. She is searching for the authentic sexuality, an unmistakably strong feeling in the form of life instinct that is present from birth and not overruled by outside stimuli. She reveals the duality of sexual feelings. In her work, you witness the softness of the skin. There is a softness, which scares as we become sensitive and vulnerable. However, there is also a raised lust and desire to be touched. This ambivalent consciousness of softness is the challenge, the communication problem to be resolved between people, and also the possibility to acknowledge and recognize your inner sexual being.
This is the essence of Jacobs’ work. Despite the welcoming nature of the cuddly fur of the sculptures and the soft skins in the paper collages, you can also see the venom. Her work with a taste of sweet and sour is tempting but also repel.
Jacobs work is included in national and international collections including the Museum of Modern Art Arnhem, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Groninger Museum, Groningen, the Dutch Central Bank, Amsterdam.
collage, artificial clay, feathers
34 x 14 cm