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Artist Talk & Reception – Margaret Jacobs | ‘Kinship Compositions’
June 3, 2023 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Ma’s House is pleased to present “Kinship Compositions“, a solo exhibition of metal sculpture and jewelry featuring Akwesasne Mohawk artist Margaret Jacobs. The works on view highlight botanicals and relationship objects–items that hold cultural, personal, and familial importance–as a way for the artist to reclaim and learn about her Akwesasne Mohawk ancestral culture, values, and knowledge, along with familial narratives and knowledge. An artist talk and opening reception will be held on Saturday, June 3rd, from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. The exhibition will run from Sunday, May 28th – Saturday, July 22nd.
Jacobs is a metalsmith known for her sculpture, jewelry, and drawings. She uses all three approaches to explore the tension and harmony between natural and man-made, often intermingling unexpected and contradicting materials to explore those relationships. Jewelry works explore ways of reclaiming and relearning Indigenous knowledge systems to establish paths toward self-sustainability and decolonization.
Born and raised in northern New York, Margaret Jacobs is an enrolled member of the Akwesasne Mohawk Tribe. Jacobs is a 2018 awardee from the Rebecca Blunk Fund through the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA), a 2019 recipient of the Artist in Business Leadership Award through the First Peoples Fund, and a 2022 United States Artist Fellowship Nominee. Jacobs is a metalsmith known for her steel sculpture and powder-coated jewelry. Her work explores the tension and harmony between natural and man-made, often intermingling unexpected and contradicting materials to explore those relationships. Jacobs has participated in several artist residencies, including at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) in Sante Fe, NM, Franconia Sculpture Park in Shafer, MN, and the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT, where she received a Native American Fellowship through the Harpo Foundation. She has shown her work internationally, including shows at the Boise Art Museum in Idaho; the Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, MA, and 516 Arts in Albuquerque, NM. Her work has been featured in print and online press, including at mic.com in the article 11 Native American Artists Whose Work Redefines What it Means to be American and the Art New England feature, 10 Emerging New England Artists. Jacobs attended Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH, where she graduated with high honors for her thesis work and received the Perspectives on Design (POD) award.
“Kinship Compositions“ is on view at Ma’s House from May 28th – July 22nd by appointment.
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