Margaret Jacobs is one of three recipients (along with Toto Kisaku and Arien Wilkerson) of the 2018 Rebecca Blunk Fund. Given through the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA), this award is an unrestricted prize that recognizes artists for excellence and accomplishment in their field. Each of the three recipients will receive an award of $3,000 to be used for the creation of new work and for professional development.
Jacobs, a jewelry maker and sculptor residing in Enfield, NH, was born and raised in northern New York, and is an enrolled member of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe. She attended Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH, where she graduated with High Honors for her thesis work and received the prestigious Perspectives on Design Award.
Jacobs is known for her sculpture, jewelry and drawings. She uses all three mediums to explore the tension and harmony between natural and man-made objects, often intermingling unexpected and contradicting materials to explore those relationships.
“I believe in the importance of objects and their power to relay narratives which is why sculpture and jewelry resonates with me so strongly. From early on, storytelling and making have been an integral part of my life and I see my family’s lineage built into my work.
I am interested in exploring the tension and harmony between man-made objects and those occurring in nature. Materials heavily inspire my work—I’m drawn to elements that have a combination of textures or can be used to make a combination of textures and surfaces. For this reason, I primarily use metal in my work”