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.