The paintings depict life-size figures interacting amidst abstract fields of shape and color. Unsure of their surroundings, these figures make rote attempts to engage one another both physically and psychologically as their gestures are echoed and amplified by their environment. They have strong inclinations toward action yet limited mobility. They find themselves absorbed by their own thoughts and yet compelled to engage with their surroundings. They are filled with a sense of impending doom and still uncertain of their purpose. As these figures acknowledge the absurdity of their circumstances they respond distinctly with behaviors that reflect their will and needs. Some are distracted by the task at hand. Some ask questions and observe closely. Some assess the current conditions and look for a way out.
Born in Los Angeles, Cedar received a BA in Art from UCLA in 2007 where she was granted an Alumni Association Arts Scholarship and the Emma B. Keller Award. In 2009 she completed her MFA at Columbia University where she was awarded a Three Arts Fellowship. Cedar has recently exhibited at Fredericks and Freiser Gallery, Steven Zevitas Gallery, The Fisher Landau Center, and A.M. Richard Fine Art. Her work has been featured on the Huffington Post Arts and New American Paintings blogs and included in the Graphite Interdisciplinary Journal of the Arts. She is currently featured with an interview in the Company Discovery Series and her recent work is included in the New American Paintings No. 98 Northeast Issue.