Artist StatementMost Artists see their work as "this is where I'm at", in terms of development. It also has to do with inner consciousness, plateaus reaached in life that are part of the ongoing "journey" of discovery. I try to be open to following that inner guide taking me where I have to go. Painting landscape-inspired imagery began gradually, in the mid 1990's, no doubt an outer manifestation of a great deal of personal introspection and change. I felt particularly drawn to the landscape containing bodies of water for some time and have been intrigued with its symbolic significance since then. "Soft ground" places, between earth and water- pond/bog/swamp, but also the mystery of the woodlands, places that are closed yet open at the same time- offer inspiration and metaphor for expressing elemental moods and emotions. Imagery evolves out of dialogue between hand- heart- material, drawn from experience, collective memory, impression, perception, in a working process that is open, exploratory, highly intuitive. The French writer Mallarme spoke of "not painting the thing, but the effect it produces". I see this "effect" as emotional response to a place, an event, another person. The dark and silent woods of early childhood, the Zen gardens of Kyoto, ancient rock-hewn sites of worship visited in Armenia- hold special significance for me. Some of what is retained may find its way into the work in some form or another, filtered through time and memory. If it happens, it comes on its own, a gift. Paintings have a mind of their own. I am after a presence that offers the possibilty for wonder, discovery, possibly surprise.
Edda Jakab is a Maryland artist who has shown her work since 1985 in numerous exhibits regionally and nationally. She is the recipient of awards as well as critical attention for paintings and drawings that have gradually undergone a change in style from detailed realism to abstraction. Edda received her art education at the Maryland Institute, College of Art. She is a native of Germany who lives in Baltimore, MD. Solo Exhibits: "Paintings", Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, Wilmingtion, DE (2001); "Wood, Water, Stone", Art Gallery, Loyola College, Baltimore, MD (2000);"Above-Below-Beyond/ Shadows and Light", New Paintings, Gomez Gallery, Baltimore, MD(1997); "Outside In-Inside Out", Gallery II, School 33 Art Center(1996); "Tentative Connections- Still Life as Metaphor", Gormely Gallery, College of Notre Dame(1993); "The Still Life in Watercolor", Hodgson Gallery, Frederick community College(1990); "A Measure of Balance", Still Lifes in Watercolor, Montpelier Cultural Art Center. Selected Group Exhibits: "Edda Jakab and Bill Schmidt", Invitational, Howard Community College Art Gallery, Columbia, MD (2002); "From Bucharest and Back", University of Maryland-University Art Center, Program Gallery, College Park, MD (2001); "Emerging Contemporary Artists", Chiaroscuro Gallery, Mt. Dora, FL; "From Maryland to Bucharest", American Embassy, Bucharest, Romania (1998-2001); "Artafare", The Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD; "Artweek", Conference Center at Shepard Pratt, Baltimore, MD (2000+2001); "Benefit Exhibits", Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, MD (2000+2001); "Artscape:2000 Minus One", Meyerhoff Gallery, The Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD (2000); "Paintings: Edda Jakab and Patricia Carrigan", Munson Williams Proctor School or Art Gallery, Utica; "Five Artists", Art Gallery of the Art Association of Harrisburg, PA; "Galeria ISA", Montecastello di Vibio, Umbria, Italy (1998); "Continuity and Change", New World Art Center, New York, NY; "Art Maryland Regional", Howard County Center for the Arts, Ellicott City, MD; "Power Objects of the Here and Now- A Celebration of the Arts in Maryland", Government House, Annapolis, MD; "National Print and Drawing Exhibit", Gormley Gallery, College of Notre Dame of Maryland, Baltimore, MD; "Landscape Tradition and Beyond", Mill River Gallery, Ellicott City, MD; "Crosscurrents", University of Maryland-College Park(1997), "Critics' Picks", Maryland Art Place, "New American Paintings VIII", Open Studio Press Competition, "Abstraction", Doshi Center for Contemporary Art, Harrisburg, PA(1996), "Women in the Visual Arts", Erector Square Gallery, New Haven, CT(1995). Selected Honors: Vermont Studio Center Full Fellowship Award (2000); Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Awart in 2D (1998); Artist Award, Residency, Vermont Studion Center(1997); Baltimore City Arts Grant(1988); First Place Award, National Design Competition, Halmark Cards, Inc.(1985). Education: Internship with Helen Frederick, Pyramid Prints & Paperworks(1984), Diploma in Painting, Maryland Institute, College of Art, Certificate in Ganeral Fine Art, Maryland Institute, College of Art(1980).