United States of America
Falling into the future
Cara Jaye is an artist, Art Professor at Western Washington University, Bellingham, Washington, USA, and a mother. A combination of factors and roles that undoubtedly influence and are an important part of her work.
Cara Jaye is a multi-faceted artist combining conventional drawing, traditional and alternative photographic processes, and various printmaking techniques together with painting and collage. She considers drawing her first and primary medium – she loves drawing for its immediacy and intimacy of marks placed directly on the page.
Jaye is interested in examining ideas of process, classification, reproduction and perfection. Treading the line between the apparent and the ambiguous, visible and invisible, sweet and repulsive, Jaye enjoys working with re-occurring dichotomies.
Jaye’s young daughter and her drawings, motivational charts and diagrams have inspired recent artwork. She is inspired by the child’s marks and choices when constructing an image, as well as the visuals found abundantly in children’s toys and playthings. Being a parent has opened Jaye up to an entire new world of visuals – from the toys we choose and offer to our children, to the kinds of images they draw and select for themselves. She is interested in the child’s approach to constructing an image, along with the attempt to master or control something, be it a skill or a situation. The work also alludes to her own feelings of inundation, a general sense of being overwhelmed, and the tricky power play between parent and child. The resultant images both subscribe to the idea of childhood as sweet and innocent, but also acknowledge that it is messy, overwrought and sometimes scary.
1965 | Born in Solana Beach California, USA.
Lives and works in Bellingham, Washington, USA.
BFA in Parsons School of Design, New York City, USA.
MFA at the University of Colorado, Boulder, USA.
Ecole nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France.
Gallery Gowoon, Gyeongnam, South Korea.
PUNCH Gallery, Seattle, Washington, USA.
University of Colorado, Boulder, USA.
Greymatter Gallery, Milwaukee Wisconsin, USA.
Coop Gallery, Nashville Tennessee, USA.
Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, California, USA.
In 2004 Jaye originated the Project Crossover/Cruce de Vías with artist Miguel Rivera (Mexico). Crossover is a collaborative art exchange that has grown to include more than 30 artists from over 10 countries. One of its sessions took place in Fundación ‘ace, Buenos Aires.
International Projects, Exhibitions
CROSSOVER @ Bs. As.
The work produced during Crossover [KC-Bs As] was exhibited in Fundación ‘ace during three months. 26 artists from different countries participated of this project which took place in ‘ace during the beginning of 2013.
On the exhibition’s opening, May 15th, Buenos Aires public enjoyed and shared an ‘aceNITE not only with many of the Crossover artists, but also with Miguel Rivera (initiator of the project) who came all the way from Kansas City in the USA to join us.
Essay on Crossover (by Daniela Ruiz Moreno)
To work in collaboration means to unite, merge, and contrast diverse ways of seeing and thinking. It implies openness to receive others expressive languages, allowing it to penetrate and challenge our own language.
In Theory of Modern Art, Paul Klee, reflects upon human’s creative strength and states “it is necessary to reveal this strength, its functions, in the same way it reveals in ourselves, this strength together with the matter, should embody, become shape, reality”. Is because of this that I believe that working in collaboration means to reveal and to force the emergence of the creative strength inside the others work. This is only achieved by activating one’s own strength.
Following this it is interesting to note the variety of “crossings” and overlaps, the different levels of permeability explored and revealed by each artist. In some cases each ones images suffered mutations, established dialogs in which each issuer maintains some distance, they relate but avoid infection (Viviana Sierra). Images crush or become flatten with the presence of the other, but at the same time a level of merging is achieved (Natalio Altube, Sol Massera, Paula Nahmod). In other case, both languages relate organically (Alejandro Scasso).
Artists appropriate the original for their own work (Alejandro Thornton), or use it as an impulse or stimulation to explore questionings already present in their search (Cristina Solía). Even chance was present in a piece in which a strong syncretism between Judaism, Muslim and Catholicism was achieved (Gabriela Zelentcher). In other works, the link between the two expressions was documented in a video. This resource allowed registering the randomness and importance of the entailment as one expression was not perceptible without the other (María José Sánchez Chiappe).
The virus, fundamental concept in the previous editions of CROSSOVER was interpreted in multiple ways in this session. In one case, the work focused in rats, essential actors and victims of the experiments to resist and battle viruses (Sonia Sánchez Avelar). In other, the artist was interested in the reproductive capacity of the virus, finding in its embryonic state, formal similarities with other beings (Bárbara Vincenti). The duality life/death that the virus holds was explored (Maren Preston), also the social danger and horror that epidemics produce. Infection, destructive in the case of viruses was founded in other human expressions such as laughter, in this case as something positive and empowering. Infection could be related also with colonial processes, where not only physical destruction is implied but also cultural, social and religious (Jennifer Pickering).
Crossover [KC-Bs.As.] is a project in which each artist had the opportunity to explore in a creative environment. Individual expressions became challenged, stimulated and embraced. Each artist, free to invade and to be infected by others creations, achieved in this way new languages.
A Miguel Rivera and Cara Jaye’s original project
CROSSOVER [KC-Bs As]
Argentina | Canada | Colombia |Korea |Germany | South Africa | UK
Gabriela Alcoba | Natalio Altube | Carla Beretta | Alicia Candiani |Felipe García | Simon Hall |Paz Jovtis | Yoon Kim | Sol Massera | Magui Moavro | Paula Nahmod | Carla Perri | Jennifer Pickering | Maren Preston | Carolina Rogé | Sonia Sánchez Avelar | María José Sánchez Chiappe | Alejandro Scasso | Viviana Sierra (Buenos Aires, Argentina)| Cristina Solía | Alejandro Thornton | Sara-Aimee Verity | Valeria Zamparolo | Gabriela Zelentcher