In On the Wall, Elisabeth Jacobsen’s installation emerged from her ongoing interest in casting cement forms and working with natural materials. Recyclable plastic containers serve as molds for the stones, making use of material discarded or found. The linear assemblages of the cement and wood are reminiscent of primitive totems, with spiritual significance. Jacobsen notes “As I grew into this piece I became more and more sensitized to the phrase "sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me." This statement reflects the hostility of acts such as bullying, and verbal insults that have recently become more prevalent in our national dialogue, as well as the strength required to resist these acts. The hateful deeds suggested in the piece's title are juxtaposed against the composition's soft and quiet palette and posture.”
Elisabeth Jacobsen, b. 1949, received her BFA from Purchase College, SUNY and her MFA from University at Albany, SUNY. She has also studied abroad in Italy and Mexico. Elisabeth has taught internationally, and at FIT, NY for over 30 years. She has worked extensively as a freelance designer and illustrator, both nationally and internationally. Jacobsen’s work has been shown throughout the US and is in several private collections. She has had solo shows in New York City, Albany, NY and Brentwood, MD.