FRIE J. JACOBS
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Head First Into Emotional Evolution - Installation at1st Feminnale of Contemporary Art, curated by Altyn Kapalova, National Museum of Fine Arts, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, 2019
Head First into Emotional Evolution
Amy Bassin, Mark Blickley, Frie J. Jacobs
Head First Into Emotional Evolution is a trilogy of artist books, No Head, No Pain, Saving Face and Body of Work.
It is an international collaboration between Belgium artist Frie J. Jacobs, American artist Amy Bassin and American writer Mark Blickley. This trilogy explores the process women undergo in order to create a body of work that will feed and protect themselves, and their families, from patriarchal repression and subjugation.
In Book One – NHD NPN (No Head, No Pain) – “giving head” is what is expected of women in order to placate the ruling patriarchy. It is an initial response of retreat towards the societal limitations placed upon women. The drawings of headless nude women represent how women often remove who they are as individuals in order to avoid painful situations. If she doesn’t have a head she won’t experience the pain of physical, emotional and economic violations placed on her gender.
In Book Two – AI AE (Saving Face) – women confront their thoughts and reactions they must hide in order to achieve gainful employment and acceptance into society. The face they save is their own feminine individuality, which is their true face that they hide behind blank and empty stares. It is a protective mask that appeases a woman’s ego by not confronting the incomprehension and dismissiveness of toxic masculinity. The images contain a double-edged sword that literally and figuratively cuts off both head and then face to public scrutiny, replacing their faces with masks of silent invisibility that often hides resentment and resistance.
Book Three – OY O O (Body of Work) – is the final stage of feminine emotional evolution. First women removed their heads in an attempt to escape the painful awareness of being born into a disrespected and marginalized gender. They next adopt a protective mask of indifference to shield them from societal scrutiny. And finally after engaging in the horrors of sexual and economic limitations, they bravely go forth to make a living and a life by ensconcing themselves within full engagement in the workplace by a full body immersion into the socio-economic system where they initiate total physical, intellectual and emotional engagement in order to overcome challenges by being flexible and open to ideas that can create a place where they can be joyful and powerful in their femininity.
hand-made artist books
Amy Bassin (USA)
Mark Blickley (USA)
Frie J. Jacobs (Belgium)
archival inkjet prints, cardboard, chipboard, linen spine, fire (soot), acrylic, pencil, Japanese paper, Schut 180gr paper, Jacobs’ binding
Head First into Emotional Evolution trilogy during Hidden harmony - 2019
Wouter De Bruycker Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium
A lesser life
an overview of an oeuvre of 30 years
introduction: Mark Blickley
graphic design: Pieter Geerts
publisher: Project O
2017 - English - hardcover - full color - 242 pages - 21,5x15,3cm
still available (send email): 30,00 euros
Oude Landen Jonge Spruiten
publication on the occasion of the exhibition Old Lands/Young Sprouts
in (WOOT), Antwerp
contains a list of 250 scientific names of the flora found on the site ‘Oude Landen’
introduction: Frie J. Jacobs
cover photo: Inge Dumoulin
book binding: Jen Gossé
2014 - Dutch - 12 pages - 16,5x13,5cm
numbered from 1 to 30 and signed
in 1992, Frie J. Jacobs' work was awarded the Young Belgian Art Prize. This book is a modest overview from 1992 to twenty years later.
texts: Florent Bex, Heide Brouckaert, Raf Coenjaerts, Jelle Meander,
Philip Meersman, David Ulrichs
graphic design: Pieter Geerts
2012 - Dutch - hard cover - full color - 80 pages - 21x25cm