Lidy Jacobs, Dutch Mill, 2007
Lidy Jacobs 'Carved Out Gleaming Glamour'
With the friendly support of the Dutch Embassy in Berlin.
The Themes of Lidy Jacobs, born in 1959 in Heerlen, The Netherlands, circle around obscene and childhood repressions of our society. This is shown in her work through a combination of collage and silhouette, in photography as well as in sculpture. The visual material she uses for her collages come from sexually loaded advertisements and pornography magazines. In these works she cuts out the individual bodies in a special style in which they become objectified. The emerging contour forms of the body images in these large collages, interweave with one another into a seemingly endless network. In releasing the boundaries between the individual body frameworks, which are pushing and intruding into one another, a new organic unity emerges.
Lidy Jacobs' Sculptures are stuffed animals. Different from the gender-free models, in which one finds in certain societal norms, Lidy Jacobs' sculptures are sexualized.Even if her elaborately designed stuffed animals are not taken from any world which is familiar to us from our childhood, they nevertheless point back into our infancy and show thus clearly the repressed parts of psychological processes of early childhood in an adult. In her installations, Lidy Jacobs creates scenes which with the first glance appear infantile, yet these libidinous structures refer to something that she accepts as fundamental in our society.