A photograph of six silver steel sculptures arranged vertically. Each work starts with a wrench that ends in a ring with danging chains that turn into flowers, vines, and other naturalistic abstract shapes
Margaret Jacobs: Kinship
BCA Center, Second Floor Gallery

Margaret Jacobs creates steel sculptures and finely crafted jewelry, exploring the tensions and harmonies between the fabricated and natural worlds. An enrolled member of the Akwesasne Mohawk tribe in upstate New York, Jacobs investigates cultural histories and identity. In Kinship, Jacobs examines the relationships connecting unexpected or contradictory elements, believing that materials have their own distinct narratives.


In her Old Growth Series, Jacobs melds forms of flora and medicinal plants with tools associated with early twentieth-century Mohawk ironworkers. Alongside the stark lines and unadorned metal of these steel sculptures, the artist’s colorful jewelry features botanicals – such as garlic, mint, and strawberry – arranged in groupings as “partner pieces” charged with a quiet strength and beauty.


Margaret Jacobs, Old Growth Series, 2022-2023, steel  

Margaret Jacobs, Old Growth Series Wild Rose, 2022-2023, steel (Detail)

Margaret Jacobs, Garlic I & II, 2023, powdercoated brass


Hospitality sponsors, Lake Champlain ChocolatesFarrell Distributing, and William Hill Estate Winery. Here Now: Art and Migration and Margaret Jacobs: New Work are sponsored in part by the Maslow Family Foundation. Burlington City Arts is supported in part by The Vermont Arts Council & the National Endowment for the Arts.



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