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Quagga by Ed Saye

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Quagga (2016)

Ed Saye

60 x 45 cm | 23 x 17 in

Subject: Animals
Tags: Animals, Shadow, Grey, Cage, Confined, Extinct

Original painting in oil on canvas.

"This painting was made in response to a short story by the Russian writer Siqizmund Krzhizhanovsky. Krzhizhanovsky (1887-1950), unsung genius of Soviet literature, was a writer of philosophical, satirical, lyrical phantasmagorias. He has been compared to Kafka, Gogol, Borges and Edgar Allen Poe yet remained unpublished until 1989. The painting depicts Quagga, an extinct sub-species of Zebra, and a character in Krzhizhanovsky's story 'In the Pupil' a meditation on the nature of love. In In the Pupil the narrator sees himself -- or rather: "my miniature likeness" -- in his beloved's eye -- and then gets the whole story from the little creature (who turns out to be surprisingly real -- and not the only one stuck in there)."


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Ed Saye’s searching images offer a contemplative reflection of atmospheric locations. Saye makes use of found photographs and intuitive editing techniques to lend his painting a familiar yet slightly anomalous feel.  The use of warm hues and fragmented detailing softens the narrative of each piece and leaves an air of enigma. The ambiguous choice of image, leaves an unsettling doubt about the tone of the scene; it may be an image reminiscent of family vacations besides an intentional absence which seemingly haunts the scene. This balance creates a strong sense of uncertainty and recreates the same specious quality as memory.  In turn, the viewer is left to interpret a space made equivocal through compositional tensions and pleasing handlings of light and tone.

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