Jacob Rivera

BFA, Photography

Artist Statement

A sense of familiarity and comfort can be found in many things we keep close to us. Being at home or with friends and family are examples of what we may consider sources of comfort. After moving home, I am back in a place where I can express myself and discuss my feelings with my family. Although I am in a place of comfort, there are still many struggles I continue to face with my battle for my mental health. Throughout this time, I have realized that I am not the only one facing battles. Each of us have our own paths and make different decisions, but we all find ourselves in need of time for healing and recovery. I have been afraid to talk about what has been going on with me, but what if it’s the same for my family? What if I was blinded by my own needs, rather than thinking of our needs? In my photographs I explore the dynamics within my family and create depictions of everyday thoughts and feelings we have while we work with each other to keep our family whole. Despite our home and the familial comfort, there is still struggle and fear, but there is still hope, happiness, and recovery too. 

Biography

Jacob Rivera was born in 1997 in Waukegan, Illinois. In 2018, he received his Associates in Art degree from the College of Lake County and in 2021 his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Design and Media degree from Northern Illinois University. Rivera has been included in various important exhibitions including “Best of Quarantine” at Float Photo Magazine in 2020 and “The Belonging Project” in Dekalb, Illinois. Rivera currently lives and works in Round Lake Heights, Illinois. 

Holding Onto Reality, 2021
Archival Pigment Print, 11″x16″

What is Left?, 2021
Archival Pigment Print, 11″x16″

Another Day Passes, 2021
Archival Pigment Print, 11″x16″

Let It Out, 2021
Archival Pigment Print, 11″x16″

You Are Not The Only One, 2021
Archival Pigment Print, 16″x11″

Losing My Sanity, 2021
Archival Pigment Print, 11″x16″

Footsteps, 2021
Archival Pigment Print, 11″x16″

Broken Together, 2021
Archival Pigment Print, 11″x16″

My Battle Map, 2021
Archival Pigment Print, 11″x16″

Just One More, 2021
Archival Pigment Print, 11″x16″

What is There to Hide?, 2021
Archival Pigment Print, 11″x16″

Just A Little While Longer, 2021
Archival Pigment Print, 11″x16″

Fading Away, 2021
Archival Pigment Print, 16″x11″

Needed Perspective, 2021
Archival Pigment Print, 11″x16″

Enjoy The Little Things, 2021
Archival Pigment Print, 11″x16″

Jacob Rivera

BFA, Photography

Artist Statement

A sense of familiarity and comfort can be found in many things we keep close to us. Being at home or with friends and family are examples of what we may consider sources of comfort. After moving home, I am back in a place where I can express myself and discuss my feelings with my family. Although I am in a place of comfort, there are still many struggles I continue to face with my battle for my mental health. Throughout this time, I have realized that I am not the only one facing battles. Each of us have our own paths and make different decisions, but we all find ourselves in need of time for healing and recovery. I have been afraid to talk about what has been going on with me, but what if it’s the same for my family? What if I was blinded by my own needs, rather than thinking of our needs? In my photographs I explore the dynamics within my family and create depictions of everyday thoughts and feelings we have while we work with each other to keep our family whole. Despite our home and the familial comfort, there is still struggle and fear, but there is still hope, happiness, and recovery too. 

Biography

Jacob Rivera was born in 1997 in Waukegan, Illinois. In 2018, he received his Associates in Art degree from the College of Lake County and in 2021 his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Design and Media degree from Northern Illinois University. Rivera has been included in various important exhibitions including “Best of Quarantine” at Float Photo Magazine in 2020 and “The Belonging Project” in Dekalb, Illinois. Rivera currently lives and works in Round Lake Heights, Illinois. 

Holding Onto Reality, 2021
Archival Pigment Print, 11″x16″

What is Left?, 2021
Archival Pigment Print, 11″x16″

Another Day Passes, 2021
Archival Pigment Print, 11″x16″

Let It Out, 2021
Archival Pigment Print, 11″x16″

You Are Not The Only One, 2021
Archival Pigment Print, 16″x11″

Losing My Sanity, 2021
Archival Pigment Print, 11″x16″

Footsteps, 2021
Archival Pigment Print, 11″x16″

Broken Together, 2021
Archival Pigment Print, 11″x16″

My Battle Map, 2021
Archival Pigment Print, 11″x16″

Just One More, 2021
Archival Pigment Print, 11″x16″

What is There to Hide?, 2021
Archival Pigment Print, 11″x16″

Just A Little While Longer, 2021
Archival Pigment Print, 11″x16″

Fading Away, 2021
Archival Pigment Print, 16″x11″

Needed Perspective, 2021
Archival Pigment Print, 11″x16″

Enjoy The Little Things, 2021
Archival Pigment Print, 11″x16″

Privacy Settings
We use cookies to enhance your experience while using our website. If you are using our Services via a browser you can restrict, block or remove cookies through your web browser settings. We also use content and scripts from third parties that may use tracking technologies. You can selectively provide your consent below to allow such third party embeds. For complete information about the cookies we use, data we collect and how we process them, please check our Privacy Policy
Youtube
Consent to display content from Youtube
Vimeo
Consent to display content from Vimeo
Google Maps
Consent to display content from Google