Featured Artist Melissa Karine Jacobs

Mixed media artist Melissa Karine Jacobs explores natural phenomena through her inventive kinetic installations and site specific sculptures. Learn more about this artist by visiting her website.

 

“So Hum” Fiberglass, Steel and Paint, 204” x 204” x 18” by artist Melissa Karine Jacobs. See her website by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“So Hum” Fiberglass, Steel and Paint, 204” x 204” x 18”

 

What inspires you?  I am inspired by so many things. By the cosmos. By life. By nature. By time. By people. Recently, I have been inspired to make works that explore recurring tendencies in nature. Just as waves ebb and flow and the sun rises and sets, my sculptures replenish color and perpetuate sound only for the process to repeat.

 

“Colorfall (A Color between Red and Blue)” Sand, Sand Generating Apparatus, Steel, Silicone and Paint, 42” x 37” x 9” by artist Melissa Karine Jacobs. See her website by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Colorfall (A Color between Red and Blue)” Sand, Sand Generating Apparatus, Steel, Silicone and Paint, 42” x 37” x 9”

 

What are you working on now?  For my most recent works, referred to as “colorfalls,” I’ve created autonomous systems that deposit and return pigmented sand in a recursive cycle where a conveyor belt is wired to a motor, infinitely driving the pigment.

 

“Colorfall (Sea of Blue)” Sand, Sand Generating Apparatus, Silicone, Steel and Paint, 72” x 33” x 5.5” by artist Melissa Karine Jacobs. See her website by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Colorfall (Sea of Blue)” Sand, Sand Generating Apparatus, Silicone, Steel and Paint, 72” x 33” x 5.5”

 

Why kinetic art?  I’ve found that creating my own forms and systems frees me from the limitations that are inherent to traditional sculpting processes.

 

“Colorfall (Youth)” Sand, Sand Generating Apparatus, Rocks, Silicone, Wood and Cement, 68” x 84” x 7” by artist Melissa Karine Jacobs. See her website by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Colorfall (Youth)” Sand, Sand Generating Apparatus, Rocks, Silicone, Wood and Cement, 68” x 84” x 7”

 

What is your creative process?  Conceptualizing usually comes first and then I go through a trial and error based approach to make the idea actual. From there it’s solely experimentation. I also find it important to keep a revolving door of materials in my studio to keep my practice diversified.

 

“Colorfall (Fountain of Youth)” Sand, Sand Generating Apparatus, Steel, Silicone and Paint, 40” x 40” x 7“ by artist Melissa Karine Jacobs. See her website by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Colorfall (Fountain of Youth)” Sand, Sand Generating Apparatus, Steel, Silicone, Paint, 40” x 40” x 7“

 

Is your art experiential?  Yes. The combination of viewing kinetic art accompanied by acoustics or being able to interact with a piece guides a unique and personal experience.

 

“Into Space” 60 Minute Interval Timer, Air Compressor, One-way Valve, Pigment Powder and Plastic, 120” x 120” x 12”by artist Melissa Karine Jacobs. See her website by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Into Space” 60 Minute Interval Timer, Air Compressor, One-way Valve, Pigment Powder and Plastic, 120” x 120” x 12”

 

What’s next?  I am constantly inspired by my surroundings and new knowledge, so I keep my eyes and ears open at all times. I never know when or where I am going to find my next guiding force for a piece.

 

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