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Art exhibition features mixed media sculptures by Lauren Jacobs

The Manassas Campus of Northern Virginia Community College is hosting an exhibition of artwork by Lauren Jacobs of Woodbridge. Called “In Which We Reside,” the show features mixed media sculptures and will run from Oct. 7 to 31. 

A lifelong lover of mythopoetic narrative, Jacobs uses surrealism to discuss links between body, emotion, wilderness and architecture in her art. “Because our experiences of the world come to us through our senses, I believe that the boundary where body meets environment is where consciousness emerges,” she said.

Jacobs draws inspiration from dreams, mythology and the natural metaphors she sees around her. Most of her works are mixed media sculptures, with soft and hard components, relating to hair, bone, architecture, anatomy, roots or branches.

“I consider them figure sculptures,” she said. “I use saturated colors and detail work like embroidery, beadwork, patina and painting to create a push-pull between visceral, surreal imagery and beauty.”

Jacobs holds a bachelor’s degree in fine art with a double major in sculpture and fiber art from the Maryland Institute College of Art, and a master’s of fine art from Cranbrook Academy of Art where she concentrated on fiber sculpture. She teaches fine and applied art courses at University of Mary Washington, Art Institute of Washington, and Northern Virginia Community College. Her art has been shown in more than 40 exhibitions.

A reception to meet the artist will be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 16 in the exhibit space on the first floor of Colgan Hall. The exhibition is free and open to the public 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. The campus is located at 6901 Sudley Road. For more information, contact Barbara Lash at blash@nvcc.edu or 703-257-6657.

Media Contact: Carlene Mackereth | 703.257.6658 | cmackereth@nvcc.edu

Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through the Extended Learning Institute. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.