Horty Jacobs Photography and Jewelry
Hortense (Horty) Jacobs is a highly productive artist who lives and works in her home studio in Fearrington Village. Her creativity and productivity might not have been predicted at an early age. “I had an art teacher in ninth grade who told me not to even think about art,” Jacobs quips. “She said that I would fail.” She attributes her passion and drive to overcoming lifelong challenges. “Most of my life, I have been in chronic pain due to fibromyalgia,” she explains. “If I didn’t have this pain, I might not be so productive – I just have to keep busy to keep my mind off my discomfort.”
Horty keeps busy by taking unique photographs and creating one of a kind jewelry. “My father was 60 when I was born,” she recalls. “Maybe that’s why I like old things.” Jacobs is drawn to abandoned places and things – junkyards, derelict buildings, and railroad graveyards. “I love the relentless effects of time and the elements — slowly, inexorably painted surfaces fade crack peel, succumbing as rust sets in.” “I find a personal comfort in finding beauty in aging objects — I try to capture what I see with my camera.”
Horty shoots 35 mm color slide film almost exclusively and does no post exposure processing. She outsources the final product in the form of prints on photographic paper. “What I see in my camera is exactly what the people who purchase my prints hang on their walls,” she affirms.
Horty’s jewelry expresses a similar esthetic. “I love to create things for people to enjoy from everyday things – discarded stuff, repurposed elements, throw a ways.” In one series that she calls “Alluring”, she has incorporated old fishing lures into attractive wearable art. “I just wing it – I like it fun and funky.”
Jacobs’ photographs sell from $150 for a print up to $800 for framed works. Her jewelry ranges from $50 to $300.
Her work is available in her home studio by appointment and will be featured the first two weekends in December at the 25th Chatham Studio Tour.