Artique will spread good vibes with Jacob’s mandalas
Artique will spread some good and balanced vibes in Kamas when the boutique presents the mandala and chakra paintings of Jessika Jacob for the First Friday opening on Feb. 5.
Jacob will show 15 originals, as well as some posters and greeting cards of her intricate works.
"[Some of] them are snow flakes, so they’ll be perfect for the winter and many of the snowflakes are created by thousands and thousands of painted dots," Jacob said during an interview with The Park Record. "They are super delicate, but if your hands are clean, you can touch the paintings and feel the textures."
Jacob began painting mandalas after she participated in an Anusara Yoga Immersion training course in the spring of 2015.
"It was a 100-hour study about the theories, religion and meanings behind yoga," she said.
One of the assignments was to create a yantra, a graphic symbol of the Hindu tradition of contemplative meditation.
"Yantras are kind of synonymous with mandalas," Jacob explained. "Mandala is loosely translated to circle in Sanskrit. A yantra has a lot more details, where every piece and shape has a meaning.
"All the circles, triangles, moon shapes, even the amount of lotus petals all mean something and are meant to be used as meditation tools," she said. "You create a yantra that reflects where you are now, as opposed to where you’re going and where you want to be."
Jacob put off the assignment because she felt overwhelmed and inadequate to pull it off.
"I finally started the night before it was due and by the time I was 50 percent done, I felt it was absolutely incredible," she said with a laugh. "Here I thought I couldn’t do it because it was so intensive. But this whole assignment just inspired me and I asked myself why I haven’t been painting this all along."
The art even helped Jacob through her divorce.
"I found a positive outlet and my creativity again," she said. "After having two kids, who are ages 6 and 7, and going through a divorce, you kind of lose yourself. So, it’s been a way for me to recreate myself."
The paintings also give her a still point that she turns to when dealing with her other duties as publisher and founder of Natural Mother Magazine, a digital magazine.
"I put the kids to bed and get the paints out and put on some good music and every time I do it, it’s the only time I get to be quiet and be with the thoughts in my head," Jacob said. "Nothing else exists while I’m painting."
The artist is honored to be selected by Artique owner Katie Stellpflug to be a First Friday artist.
"I have known Katie for a handful of years and I’m excited to come be part of the little art movement she’s spearheading in Kamas," Jacob said. "We’ve got a great community of artists and crafters out here and Katie has provided an outlet for us."
Artique, 283 N. Main St. in Kamas, will present Jessika Jacob for the First Friday Artist Opening on Friday, Feb. 5, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
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