The fact that my father was a designer and my mother his regular model has shaped both my character and my creativity. As a young child I would wander around my father's large studio, with twelve girls and twelve industrial sewing machines that zoom the entire day.
The drawing room was not always forbidden territory, and sometimes I could enter the sanctuary. Large drawing tables and enormous sheets of paper, rolls of fabrics from all parts of the world adorned this big space.
The dream queen who pricked.
Jesus and his brides
Here we sold our first painting. It became the primary necessity of life; we inspired one another's spirits and constantly sought new challenges. We made many paintings and sold a few. Back to Holland to the College of Social Studies, but what now - we were at a crossroads. Do we opt for security - life in the suburbs - or do we create a world that connects to our thinking; a captive soul will never be able to create.
There is always a choice, but a free spirit cannot be captured, not even with poverty as a friend.
A "rich man's dream and no money to spend", but fortune in America reached out to us, and we were able to take free classes with our little Moses in a laundry basket.
Art is an expression of discontent or pleasure, and only you can embellish or destroy it.
Mint tea, couscous and the daily prayer from the mosque defined our days, the children played on the beach and all of a sudden, there was room to bring white paper to life. Life in a Muslim culture is clear-cut. A country of control, with strict rules; happiness is a big part of the game. Showing our work in Morocco in the 80's was impossible for a woman.
Back to Holland again, with a wealth of drawings. I worked from early morning to late evening. For the first time I started to work out my pastels on plywood. A long road of experimentation with various layers of varnish, and finally, the result I longed for.
We rented an old pastorate with a little Romanesque church in the garden. A stream around the house completed the picture. In that year we had various exhibitions in Toulouse, but impressionism was in its heyday at the time.
Believing in yourself, drawing from your own strength, the many rejections that followed.
We decided to take stock. We needed a new métier.
At that time the computer was still only a business tool, and we decided to start a new experiment - digital art. It sounded wonderfully interesting.
A range of graphic programs came on the market, and we played the computer as if it were a part of our body. Contemporary work is exciting, refined and esthetic. We are able to convert the digital process into art, with its roots in olden days.
We make our art tangible by using today's technology. At present we are living by the sea, and the space around us feeds our spirit with the briny air. Art remains an act of rebellion and diversion.
I soon realized that I wanted to express these experiences, through drawing and painting. I visited museums, markets and other places where people gathered so that I could draw.
I also attended a private Art Academy in Amsterdam. I began to exhibit after finishing the Academy.
Searching and creating innovations in visual art today is quite a challenge, since so much has already been done. Can figurative art be innovative and enrich? I believe it can. I'm passionate about discovering new ways of blending life with art.
Exhibitions and Shows
1986 exhibition Amsterdamse poort Amsterdam
The Petersburg Biennale of computer
There is work of Martine Jacobs in private and government collections and there are many internet exhibitions around the world
1784 XH Den Helder
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