Rose Jaffe: Women in Color – Photo Essay from a Show at The Fridge
by Larry Janezich
The subject of the show is young women today – the women depicted are part of the artist’s creative community, her family, as well as Jaffe herself. She says it’s important to her that all the women in the pieces in this show are part of her life.
The surface is wood and the medium is burned wood and paint. The result is a synthesis of the synthetic and natural. Jaffe imprints images of women on the wood instead of painting them on top of it. She uses a wood burning tool for lining and then adds paint with a bold color palette evidently inspired by time spent in Latin America. In some pieces she adds another layer of meaning and complexity with “sacred geometry.”
Jaffe says, “For these works, I want to explore color’s role in the mood, sensuality and purpose of a piece. I have changed a significant amount since moving home to Washington, DC, and these pieces reflect that transformation. This show aims to redefine color away from our skin tone. I look into our bodies, our energy, our movements, emotion and thoughts – to the potentially endless pulsing colors running in and around us – and bring those to the outside.”
On Saturday afternoon, The Fridge’s Director and the show’s curator Alex Goldstein, led a discussion of the artist’s work.
The show will continue through April 26. There will be a closing reception Sunday, April 26, from 3:00pm until 6:00pm. The Fridge is located at 516 ½ 8th Street, SE (rear)
For more info, go here: http://www.thefridgedc.com/about/