What caught my eye about Pittsburgh-based artist Lisa Marie Jakab‘s paintings was the detail in conjunction with the size of these works, which range from 6 x 6″ (Raw Enigma) to 75 x 75″ (Phantasmagorical Oxidation) — and how the intimate detail translates so well from small to large-scale works. Having earned an MFA in 2013, she has been involved in art projects on the east coast as well as in Berlin, Germany through a studio program that same summer.
Jakab has a keen sense of color and explores various media — not only different kinds, but the same media in different states, such as dry gouache and pure pigment in addition to acrylic and oil, and other materials like thread and seeds. I feel the movement within these canvases, and it’s important to get a sense of this from the different points of scale — it’s real hard in a blog post, I know. They are organic, fluid, microbic almost; living things like samples on a microscope slide, or a cross-section of some sort of organism.
I generate my own interpretation of beauty as an indefinable, fluctuating, fluid, and mutable gray area or space that exists in between our tangible categorizations of it. … The dimensions of my work range drastically from wall size to several inches and scale shifts from the macroscopic to the microscopic, sometimes portraying both simultaneously.
Check out many more paintings, as well as Jakab’s drawings and work in photography and video at her website, lisajakab.com.