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“The fundamental principle behind this group of paintings is the very simple idea that light and darkness define each other – a concept as old as human awareness. I hope this group of paintings reflects these feelings that we all know, which are deeply embedded in all of us. ” – Jesse Jacobi
Arch Enemy is proud to present the first solo collection from Jesse Jacobi, From The Eternal Green Mouth overarching theme present in From The Eternal Green Mouth is the cyclical nature of existence, and the coming-together and pulling-apart of opposite aspects of being, to dig further into the intuitive core of some of Jesse’s previous work, and attempt to create a series that feels more universally relatable. These pieces operate in broad, open-ended symbolism as opposed to a straight narrative, to be looked at from different angles, dependent on the viewer – psychologically, emotionally, mythologically, even ecologically. The figures can be taken at face-value as different entities, or they could all be aspects of one.
All pieces are arranged intentionally to mirror each other in sequence. We see opposite aspects in their innate forms – masculine and feminine, flesh and spirit – travel through stages of growth and rot, of union and uncoupling. All things converge in the centerpiece – the moon hanging in the underworld, the temporal realm where death begets sparkling new life, and the place past the treetops, guarded by docile lions, standing before the gateway leading to the sun.