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Recovery of Icarus

Rolf Jacobsen's avatar Rolf Jacobsen

Text by Barringer Fifield : There is nothing ready-made about the pathos of nature. Before her hidden messages can be read, they must be perceived and perception is anything but automatic. Rolf Jacobsen's peculiar gift is that of sensing nature's meanings, then generously bringing them forth for us. This process of course entails manipulation of his materials. But therein lies a second talent - or is it rather a character trait? His ambition - his wresting of significance from nature is a high ambition - never pushes the artist to do violence to his materials. He is collaborating with his trees, with their trunks and branches and twigs. What's more, this engagement with nature's forms is not only respectful, it is loving. Our good fortune is that his work, this passionate dialogue with nature, resolves the primal paradox inherent in the relation of the artist and his material. Rolf's sculptures give neither the last word, but allows art's tension itself to speak out.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 15 in
  • Medium: wood and gesso
  • Width: 28 in
  • Year created: 2016
  • Height: 30 in