Lives in Nashville
The Bird Woman Sculpture, 2000, ceramic, 28 x 18 x 16 inches, 2001.32
Jacobsohn graduated from Pasadena College and received a Master’s degree from Vanderbilt University in Nashville. After teaching high school art in California, Massachusetts and Georgia, she spent the next 10 years as a museum educator and director in Tennessee. Her work reflects the female experience. When she does not portray women figuratively, she often uses the equine image allegorically to represent them. Her work is in the collection of the Tennessee State Museum. Currently she teaches workshops in sculpture nationwide and sells her work through numerous galleries throughout the Southeast.
Art, on its most basic form, is communication. I love telling stories so naturally, much of my work is narrative in nature. I draw from observations and experiences to create figures and symbols that I hope will convey shared meaning to the viewer. I am attracted to clay , in part, because I love being able to interact with the medium directly with my hands. Although I do enjoy the challenges of mixed media. My images are usually stylized in nature because I am as interested in the lines, shapes and gestures as I am in the actual images I create. I think we are meant to be lifetime learners. Each piece I do is my teacher. I look forward to each new lesson. – Nan Jacobsohn