Lisa Jakab exhibits drawings, paintings, photography and video at Tonic

(Image courtesy of Lisa Jakab)

Lisa Jakab got her start as an artist at a very young age. In fact, art is something she’s always done.

“Making art has just always been a part of me,” said Jakab, a local artist and MFA graduate student at American University. “I was always making something whether it was sewing, which I learned from my mom, or helping my dad build something in the garage, which he turned into a woodshop.”

These days, Jakab creates paintings, drawings, photography and video.

“I love experimenting,” said Jakab, who has lived in D.C. since 2011. “That is one of the things that keeps me excited about coming to the studio- that and switching from medium to medium. I always work on multiple pieces at one time; that way, for example, when an oil painting is drying I can be drawing, or when I’m away from studio I can be shooting photo and video. I love that constant sense of change.” 

Jakab’s work manipulates biomorphic forms derived from a loose interpretation of observational visual stimuli and some of it explores the psychology of cognition, specifically the space between a definable idea and its origin within human thought processes and sensory stimulants.

Inspirations for her work include life forms and objects such as water, sea creatures, shattered glass, vegetation, fractal patterns in nature, rock formations, clouds, light refractions and satellite images taken from space.

“I am exploring the psychology of cognition, specifically the space between a definable idea and its origin within human thought processes and sensory stimulants,” said Jakab, who added that she is also interested in the blurry place between dreaming and awake, solid and liquid to vapor, as well as harmonious growth and cancerous parasites. 

In her pieces, Jakab uses a mostly monochromatic palette as well as synthetic, high intensity colors to further blur the boundaries between object or solid mass and atmosphere, liquid or vapor.

On Tuesday, Nov. 27, Jakab will showcase her work at Tonic (2036 G Street NW) from 6 until 8 p.m.

The artist – who has also shown her work in various venues around New York, D.C., Pittsburgh, Columbus and Sydney – will display her paintings, drawings, photography and video art at the opening. 

The rest of the show, which runs through Jan. 22, will be a scaled back and will contain a smaller selection of paintings, drawings, and photography.

For more information on the event, visit the Facebook event page. For more information on Jakab, visit her website at www.lisajakab.com.

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Rachel Nania