Jacob Foran is a visual artist working in Seattle, WA. Jacob was named one of Ceramics Monthly Magazine’s 2017 Emerging Artists, and he was a recipient of a 2017 WA State Artists Trust Fellowship. He has a Master’s in Fine Arts in Ceramics from the UW (2010). His work has been exhibited and collected widely throughout the US, and he been a resident artist at the European Ceramic Work Center in The Netherlands; the Ceramics Department at California State Long Beach University; and a two-time summer resident at the Archie Bray Foundation for Ceramic Arts in Helena, MT. Jacob is currently a faculty member in the Visual Arts Department at Lakeside Upper School in Seattle, WA.
I am an artist who works primarily with clay—my process centers on a conversation between creating and unearthing. I approach the material to learn and access information about what it means to exist and experience. My work happens intuitively, and I am as much interested in the interaction with materials and objects as I am with the outcome. The nature of clay gives rise to relationships between hands and mind—between artist, object, and space or context.
Objects in Unconscious Continuum signify a shift in my work towards greater abstraction and a more unconstrained process. I draw inspiration from the head and face as well as the ceramic vessel, both of which examine inner, psychological space. Weaving together notions of ephemerality and metamorphosis, ceramic figural sculptures and vessels probe at the multi-dimensionality of emotion, identity, and memory. Each object ‘shifts’ in space -- containing and traveling through void moments-- leaving behind past representation, revealing a spectrum of conditions and the complexities of the human condition.