Jacob Foran

Artist Statement

My work blurs the lines between narrative and abstract, eloquent and absurd, dream and reality. This is the liminal space in which I feel our minds reside much of the time. For me outer space and underwater are metaphorical landscapes that, respectively speaking, express the forces that exist around us and therefore influence the emotion within us. In my work, technology such as rockets, space suits, and diving helmets signify a physical boundary between humanity and environment. This is a two-fold plot, since at the same time, they symbolize exploration and discovery- a curiosity for the unknown and a fascination with creation. The current work explores subjects of love, mortality, discovery and childhood. Reflective and colorful glazes suggest states of ambiguity, flux, or fleetingness in an attempt to express the fundamental characteristics of human experience.

- Jacob Foran


Jacob Foran is an emerging artist based in Seattle. He first moved the Pacific Northwest to attend a graduate program at University of Washington. He received his MFA in 2010 and has stayed in Seattle teaching classes at UW, Seward Park Clay Studio and is currently a faculty member in the Visual Arts Department at Lakeside Upper School. He is represented in the Northwest by Abmeyer + Wood Fine Art.