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Jacob Todd Broussard

Buffalo, NY

Artist Statement

My work draws inspiration from the ornamental grotesque, creation myths, and mysticism. Among its manifold entry points, my paintings also grapple with the concept of hermeticism as a path toward receiving grace. In previous iterations, I have used the artist Forest Bess - who lived a hermetic existence creating abstract symbol-laden paintings sourced from visions - as a spiritual guidepost. This painting calls upon an archive of apointed queer ancestors or patron saints from my home region of the gulf south. Louisiana native and Houston drag phenomenon Naomi Sims is recasted here as as le feu follet–a spectral or phosphorescent light emitted in swamps, marshes, and bogs. Often seen by travelers at night, bioluminescence is thought to cause this natural phenomena, which has been known to lead wanderers astray and even to their death in swamps. In this and previous bodies of work, I employ le feu follet as a visual and allegorical device to destabilize environments within my paintings. Similar to le feu follet viewers are transformed into witnesses adding to a cumulative (if invisible) weight of folklore, hermeticism and mystical phenomenology. The painting asks us to occupy an imaginal plane–one that operates not in terms of what one sees, but the manner in which one sees.

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Artist Biography

Jacob Todd Broussard (b. 1992 in Lafayette, LA) lives and works in Buffalo, New York. Broussard received his BFA in Painting from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2014 and his MFA in Painting and Printmaking from Yale School of Art in 2019. His most recent solo exhibition, Invocation was on view at Rivalry Projects in Buffalo, NY in 2022. This past fall, he collaborated with architect Adam Thibodeaux on Mighty Real, a site-specific installation project for Play/Ground New York. He’s shown work in various exhibitions across Louisiana, New York, California, Connecticut, and Canada. He was a 2020/21 Drawing Center Viewing Program participant and a recipient of the Elizabeth Greenshields Grant for three consecutive years. His work has been written about in Cornelia Magazine and Burnaway. He has been an artist-in-residence at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, FL, the Elizabeth Murray Artist Residency in Grainville, NY, and most recently Bunker Projects in Pittsburgh, PA. He is preparing for an upcoming solo exhibition at Towards Gallery in Toronto for the summer of 2023. He and architect Adam Thibodeaux run Kingfish Gallery, an arts project space located in Buffalo.



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