Here, we ask an artist to frame the essential details behind one of their latest works.
Bio: Jason Seife, 33, Miami (@jasonseife)
Title of work: Everything In Its Right Place (2023).
Where to see it: “Coming to Fruition” at Pérez Art Museum (1103 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami) until March 17.
Three words to describe it: Symmetry, harmony, duality.
What was on your mind at the time: I wanted to create a work that felt kaleidoscopic in nature, something that would utilize the ornamentation my work is known for but composed in a way that felt a bit further removed from their traditional “carpet”-styled compositions.
An interesting feature that’s not immediately noticeable: This work is actually a combination of two different designs combined into one. It’s the first time I’ve created a painting this way. The two unique designs are split into triangular-like shards which are symmetrically painted across the canvas
How it reflects your practice as a whole: This work is a good reflection of my practice in both what I’ve explored in the past and more so where I plan to go in the future. By creating this kaleidoscopic composition and removing a clear border, it lets the elements of the painting stand in the forefront. I wanted the painting to feel like a well-orchestrated symphony with multiple elements that harmoniously come together to each have their moment. There isn’t a clear focal/standout point but the balance is evenly spread through the entire surface of the painting
One song that captures its essence: Great question as my paintings are often named after songs. This piece is actually named after a Radiohead song of the same title. So I would definitely have to go with that track as the best fit.