Juliet Jacobson

Born 1977
Hometown Puyallup, WA
Lives and Works New York, NY
MFA, New York University, New York, NY, 2006
BFA, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, 1999

Against the more fashionable trend of conceptual art today, Juliet Jacobson's work encapsulates the fraught nature of a skill-based medium: drawing. With refined draftsmanship and graphite, she renders trompe l’eoil creases on a sheet of paper. Jacobson’s drawings vary in scale, and through her large, meticulous works, Jacobson continually engages with visible definitions of the invisible. Whether depicting a cloudscape, phases of the cyclical lunar cycle, or a shattered iPhone screen, all of Jacobson’s drawings embrace traces of the void. "I understand that some might find it oppressive to undertake something so laborious, but for me it's comforting to have such serene, abiding work," Jacobson told the Huffington Post in an interview. "The tempo these drawings require rewards me with the gift of time. This precious resource is hard to come by and easily lost, especially when living in a big city [like New York]."

Jacobson was born in 1977 in Puyallup, Washington. She attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago as an undergraduate before receiving her MFA from New York University in 2006. Jacobson’s work has been exhibited at New York University, New York’s Center for Book Arts, and the Busan Museum of Modern Art in Busan, Korea, among other institutions, galleries, and art fairs.

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