modern art in a traditional context
No matter how
diverse an artist's work may be, it is inevitable that he
or she be connected in the minds of viewers and buyers with
one favorite piece or, in the case of Sandy Jackoboice, with
a genre in which she has particular facility. For Sandy, that
is florals. While accomplished in landscape and portraiture,
Sandy is best known for her floral work.
Floral art has
gotten short shrift in recent decades, particularly after
the brutality of non-objective Expressionism and the coolness
of Modernism. However, the ironic twist that turned the work
of one of the greatest floral artists, Georgia O'Keefe, into
a caricature of the genre is lost of those who still paint
floral work and, more importantly, to those who love flowers
in art.Sandy Jackoboice's
work can stand on its own two artistic feet. Yet it is also
undeniably a branch of an artistic family tree whose roots
extend back centuries. The first two pieces on this page owe
much visually to two great traditions of floral work.
Bloom is reminiscent of classic botanical renderings of
the late 1700s and early 1800s, where voyages of discovery
mapped not only islands and coastlines but also plants and
Bouquet, whose tight, asymmetrical composition and subject
matter that crowds the horizon of the painting to nearly the
upper border remind one of French and Belgian works from roughly
a century earlier, when painters were specialists in a given
genre. The colors and light are fanciful, almost playful,
and the depiction of the flowers is more symbolic than literal.
are a a favorite of portraitists rather than floralists. But
genres often spill over from one to the next. God's
Gifts, in which
a girl stands in a garden in front of a wall of flowers, joins
John Singer Sargent's Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose in
the tradition of children-in-garden paintings popular in 19th
Century portraiture of the offspring of landed gentry in both
England and America.
pastel, occupies a sort of tidal pool in the ocean of art
history. While sculpture, oils and frescos get the main bulk
of the artistic press, there are strong traditions in both
of these media that extend to early artistic periods. Both
media have die-hard enthusiasts and adherents despite being
called "dead" forms every decade or so. Just
Hanging Around is a pastel but it's smooth rendering,
composition and finely detailed rendering of a complex yet
familiar object is reminiscent of watercolor work. It is an
interest mix of expectations for both media and subject matter
that is appealing and inviting.
a nod to the tight composition and severely cropped picture
plane of Georgia O'Keefe, Sandy's White Lily is a bold
statement of the beauty of form found in flowers. But it is
rendered with a wholly un-O'Keefe-like love of detail that
makes the piece even more powerful than some of the earlier
to visual traditions of the past, Sandy Jackoboice's artwork
is a statement of her modern view of flowers in art. Close
cropping and macrolens detail unite in an artistic depiction
of the sensuous, bold and often explosive nature of the flower
in modern painting.
for The Copywriters News ©2004 .
Williamson is a freelance writer who holds a BFA in Painting
from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He is
an alumnus of the History of Art Program at England's prestigious
University of Bristol. Email him here.