Constance Jacobson is a Boston-based artist/printmaker whose work explores existential fascinations and fears. Drawing from the practice of medical imaging, Jacobson focuses on the aesthetic and poetic implications of a scientific process. These “physiograms” — Jacobson’s term for her “fabricated scientific imagery” — recall our modern preoccupation with the afflicted or deteriorating brain, and our fear of dementia, “the death before death.” In an interview with Lois Tarlow, Jacobson describes the relationship between disciplines in her work:
“These fantasy images are not concerned with strict biological verisimilitude…While viewing these images after completing them, I was struck by the essential difference in perception between the scientist and the artist: when looking through a microscope at a dissection or an x-ray a scientist asks, ‘What is the content of what I am seeing and what are the implications?’ while the artist asks, ‘How does this appear, and how can I transform this into an aesthetic, personal or historical/cultural statement?’ The phenomenology of viewing is paramount for the artist, and veracity means only that the subject matter be visually believable within the imaginary world the artist has established for the viewer.”
See more of Jacobson’s work at her website here.
- Erin Saunders