Jim Jacobs

In many of my sculptures I join natural tree limbs to milled lumber, tools, furniture, and human hair. I refer to these fusions as grafts. In the traditional sense, grafting is a process used to join two distinct plants, often trees, to make them more productive. These grafted combinations are gangly, elegant, contrived, fragile, and at times self-destructive, as in Bubble, where a cherry branch transforms into a clothespin and loops back to pull the bark off the branch. In American Cherry an inverted cherry tree trunk transforms into a flaccid wooden matrix, reminiscent of a wireframe in computer modeling. In other works, wood is fragmented, such as in Conversation, a form that begins on one end as a coffee table and then separates into hundreds of strips. These sculptures are my reflections on our peculiar relationship with nature and our fragmenting social and political systems.    more


Exchange Exchange Exchange Exchange Wake Wake Breach Breach Breach Ledge Ledge Ledge Coffee Table Coffee Table Coffee Table Coffee Table


Dancing in the Stream Dancing in the Stream Respire Respire alternate view Respire detail 61520 51120 Kimball install Kimball install Kimball install Table Table Table Patas Arriba Patas Arriba American Cherry American Cherry American Cherry Dead Reckoning Dead Reckoning Unskinned Unskinned


The Imperfections That Render Us Visible The Imperfections That Render Us Visible The Imperfections That Render Us Visible model#4 model#5 model#6 model#7 Crest Crest Snow College Gallery, 2017 Snow College Gallery, 2017 Thorns Mika's ponytail 2 Mika's ponytail 1 Mika Absalom


Inversion Spiral Spiral Spiral Armed Armed Bubble Bubble Ouroboros Rootless Rootless (alt) Flagellate Stalk Delude Scribe Tap Cascade Cascade Cascade detail Dowsing Rod Slip Slip detail Slip detail Vigilance Vigilance detail Tung Tung detail Fountain Fountain detail Dowsing Rods 5&7 Dowsing Rods 5&7


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