Jacob Monroe was born in Pocatello, Idaho in 1995, and was raised in Boise, Idaho from 2003 – 2014. Growing up, he began to explore the creative freedom of playing music in orchestras, symphonies, and jazz ensembles. At the age of seventeen, Monroe discovered his passion in working in clay. Seeking education, he studied in Lambertville, NJ under Ted Green, completed two internships at the Clay Studio of Missoula, and was an assistant to Julia Galloway in Missoula, MT. Monroe is currently pursing a Bachelors of Fine Arts at the University of Montana, while working as a studio artist.
The utilitarian object provides an emphathetical bridge between the artist and their audience, addressing dialogue which begins with a contemporary work and the origin of its function. Dialogue is articulated through use of medium, process, and creative expression. My work pulls inspiration from classic floral decoration and delftware, while deconstructing the content through choice of subject matter; utilizing symbolism to create a parallel between extrinsic influences and tradition. Using imagery such as Deadly Nightshades and musical instruments, I reference reprehensible human mannerisms, and celebrate the vibrancy of humankind’s cognitive literacy to aesthetics and sounds.