About Jake Keeler:
The body of work on this website draws inspiration and formal direction from my work creating album artwork and other odds and ends, graffiti, life as a hunter and fly fisherman, and a healthy dose of formal training. It speaks more to my influences and personality traits, so in a sense, the work is more “me” vs. my particular interpretation of fishy forms, and/or prototypical fly fishing themes.
Conceptually, it ties into a larger body of my work which explores concepts of mortality, life cycles, and the raw and sometimes brutal side of nature. We fish, and by the very nature of doing so we kill; directly or indirectly. I feel we need to own up to the fact that simply adopting a catch and release fishing protocol doesn’t absolve us from being destroyers. I’m not preaching the point through the images, more so I’m trying to introduce the concept of mortality along with “pretty” to get the brain thinking a bit different about the fetishistic nature of the pic and grin, and wading through the river/woods. Not saying one way is right and another wrong, just posing the question.
On a somewhat lighter, and geekier note, the term “Necromancer” is used in some of the newer work to evoke the idea of how we all “call up ghosts” – in a sense, we’re wizards, sorcerers, and necromancers if you will, casting spells and following superstitious ritual, all in the pursuit of calling forth beasts from the nether regions.
I proudly reside in St. Paul MN with my wife, son, cat and cold, but functional, basement studio/brew cave.”
Be sure to check out Jake’s website: http://20acrecarcass.com/