This painting depicts a giant wave emerging from the ocean. An orange sun moves through a red sky, next to its own after-image. A second sun seems to set directly into the water and its own reflection. The waves rise out of the ocean as if they had a will and desire of their own.
Jaqueline Cedar creates paintings and drawings that depict uncanny scenarios of desire and self-reflection. The artist's figures lack control, motivating postures of bravado and vulnerability. Cedar's paintings often seem to suggest a larger narrative, as they simultaneously isolate figures and events within the boundaries of the canvas.
Jaqueline Cedar’s paintings and drawings depict uncanny scenarios of desire, self-reflection and lack of control. The artist’s work features figures whose strong inclination toward action is frustrated by their absorption in their own thoughts; they are filled with a sense of impending doom and uncertainty, while simultaneously acknowledging the absurdity of their circumstances. In Cedar’s compositions, the environment echoes and amplifies these figures’ gestures—actors and observers who appear ready to escape at any moment.
Jaqueline Cedar was born in Los Angeles, California. The artist received an MFA from Columbia University in New York City in 2009.
A solo exhibition of Cedar’s work took place at Shelter in New York City in 2021.
Exhibitions of Cedar’s work have taken place at: Hesse Flatow in New York City; Ladies’ Room in Los Angeles, California; Smoke the Moon in Santa Fe, New Mexico; Petty Cash in Brooklyn, New York; Hudson Hall in Hudson, New York; and Field Projects in New York City.
Cedar’s work has been covered in publications, including: Artnet, Two Coats of Paint, New American Paintings and Boston Voyager.
Cedar is an educator at several New York City art museums. In 2019, Cedar opened the gallery Good Naked in Brooklyn, New York. Cedar lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.