Ferne Jacobs, living and working in California, received her MFA from Claremont Graduate University in 1976. Jacobs began making sculptural baskets in 1970 and used waxed linen to create intricate, coiled designs that often evoke organic forms. Recent exhibitions include Extreme Fibers, Muskegon Art Museum, Muskegon, MI; , Repetition & Ritual, New Sculpture in Fiber, The Hudgens Center for the Arts, Duluth, GA; and All Things Considered IV, Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA. Her work can be found in several public collections, including the Smithsonian National Museum of American Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Art and Design, and the Rhode Island School of Design.
When I begin a piece, I create a line by wrapping thread around a cord, with a color that has been on my mind. From then on, I live in a mystery, creating each cell (wrap) and connection of what I hope is a living form. The cells make up a body, and I have no idea about what it will become until it is finished. Even then, I don’t understand the piece, and only know what went into the making of it. It is a very intimate experience. It and I spend a lot of time together over the course of two to six months. I have the same experience as the viewer when it is completed, and I never come to a conclusion. I see something different every time I look at my work. I get involved with different aspects of it. There is no direct intention, only a hope that it has life and, through that, is moving in some way. To me, that is what makes art such an exciting enriching experience.