Cara Jaye

September 5 - 28, 2013

Opening Reception: 5 - 8pm
First Thursday, September 5, 2013

In the exhibition Falling, Cara Jaye has created works on paper that depict figures in a state of free fall, that brief period of flight before an imminent crash. In 2012 Jaye spent six weeks in Paris, France where she studied images of falling figures in classical prints and drawings in the archives of the Louvre Museum. The resultant images are a reinterpretation of the classic drawings by Delacroix, Blondel, Subleyras, LeBrun and many anonymous artists created in a variety of media on paper.

The scenes often contained many figures, or an array of flying carts and horses surrounding a falling man. The fall of Phaëton was a prominent theme, the son of Apollo who stole the sun chariot and tried unsuccessfully to drive it across the sky. Another common scene is the Fall of Man – multiple figures tumbling in heaps through a dense space. Jaye has taken the figures out of their constricted spaces and opened up the compositions to reveal more openness, with patterns, colors and ambiguous spaces. None of the original images were in color, they were mostly monochrome works in ink, graphite or conté.

“I found it was both inspiring and intense to draw from such a diverse source of artists. Many of the figures were drawn in a way that was very foreign to my hand. They might use a line that is unlike my touch, or really emphasize bulging musculature. Still holding these master works in my own hand was magical and intense. There is so much to learn from drawing from other artists’ works.” –C. Jaye

Jaye loves drawing for its immediacy and intimacy of marks placed directly on the page. For Jaye, everything is apparent and obvious in a drawing: the clumsiness, skill, delicate line work and little hatch marks. I find drawing so immediate and expressive and telling. The emotion of drawing is right there on the page, it is much less hidden in process or technique the way it can be in other media.

Cara Jaye is a Professor of Art at Western Washington University, where she teaches all levels of drawing, photography, and senior seminar. She received her MFA from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and her BFA from Parsons School of Design in New York City.



Falling; copie d'apres
Michelangelo Buonarroti (detail)

gouache and graphite on paper, 2013

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Jen Erickson
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