Jacob Charles Eidem is a painter and administrator for MISC. He spent a year at MCAD and studied at MCTC, before turning his energies to his own work and the work of the MISC artist collective. He fell into the role of administrator, finding new opportunities, managing operations as the main contact person, and often overseeing collaborations. His current focus is on studio, gallery, and mural work. Eidem often uses found imagery in collage elements of his paintings. He also experiments with using paint, glaze and mixed media in three-dimensional amendments to canvas. Eidem’s paintings and practice reflect the theme of the universe creating oneself and in return oneself creating the universe.
The content of my paintings provoke the viewer to question the nature of our reality. Consequently, the methods of creating the work helps me answer my own questions. In my process, I create environments using drip and wash techniques that lend themselves to gravity, resulting in partial control and creation beyond myself. The subject matter is then added with detailed brushwork; covering the canvas with a series of single color layers, thus allowing the colors to blend on the canvas and within the viewer’s eye.
My current work is inspired by the process of releasing creative control to the medium. This process reflects the conceptual content of the work, that the self exists within the universe and in return the universe exists within the self. These paintings show physical beings connected to the metaphysical through expansive fluid mark making and cosmic representation. The work is designed to convey the vast entirety within everything.