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Resiliency

Resiliency, oil paint on gessoed plastic over wire frame, 2016

My Knee is Bleeding

My Knee is Bleeding, oil on canvas, 11 x 14 inches

Taken, Trophied, Blemished

Taken, Trophied, Blemished; oil paint on cotton fabric over wire frame, 2015

Dogs in a Carwash

Dogs in a Carwash, oil on canvas, 8 x 10 inches

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About Lillian

Baltimore County

Lillian Jacobson was born in Bogotá, Colombia in 1994.  She graduated with honors from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2015 with a BFA in painting. She currently works in the Fine Arts Office at the Maryland State Department of Education. Her work has been exhibited in Maryland including shows at VisArts in Rockville, Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore, and the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. She has curated several exhibitions, including the 2016 Fall First... more

Sculptural Paintings

For the memories that have undeniably shaped who I am today, I created shaped paintings using wire and non-traditional painting surfaces, such as plastic grocery bags or an old pillowcase.

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My paintings are abstracted depictions of events I have experienced or thought about experiencing. I begin each piece with the title, a short phrase that instantly brings me back to every sensation associated with the memory, even a memory created by an imagined experience. Although the title gives some clarity to the viewer, I think of the titles as inside jokes between the paintings and myself. Therefore, the viewer will never be able to fully approach the paintings from my point of view. I use a variety of textures because I want the act of viewing my paintings to be a tactile experience, rather than only a visual one. The more powerful the memory, whether for good or for bad, the more texture the painting has—I add a layer of paint for every time I dwell on the memory. Both the sculptural paintings and paintings on canvas are kept small-scale to represent that a memory itself is insignificant; it only becomes deeper and heavier if you let it.

Select Drawings

  • Polarity

    Graphite, ballpoint pen, and ink on tan Rives BFK; 30 x 22 inches, 2015
  • Melting Ice (1 of 2)

    Graphite and Ink on paper, 5 x 5 inches, 2015
  • Melting Ice (2 of 2)

    Graphite and Ink on paper, 5 x 5 inches, 2015
  • Breath

    Graphite, 22 x 30 inches, 2015
  • Bottle Tree

    Ink, color pencil, and graphite; 5 x 5 inches, 2015
  • Ghost Crab the Drawing

    Ink, color pencil, and graphite; 5 x 5 inches, 2015
  • Wires

    Ink, color pencil, and graphite; 5 x 5 inches, 2015
  • Poetic

    Ink, color pencil, and graphite; 5 x 5 inches, 2015

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