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Art is the Search Engine for Creativity

6/8/16

Shea Stanfield
Arts Columnist

Art is like a language that everyone has the possibility of speaking. It allows us to connect with each other and ourselves in deeper ways through creating and sharing experiences. Art is an open environment, the endless “search engine” of our timeless existence. Local “organic conceptual” artist Jaye Lawrence has been perched on the cutting edge of the universal search engine since the early 1960s

Sharing a space with Jaye’s sculptures reminds us that artists are the mystics of our culture, rather than the realists. They transcend space and time, not clinging to one society structure, environment, or moment. In Jaye’s work, she strives to “connect humanity and earth” in “open space.” In her words, “Fragments of the human figure merge with the linear structure as air, light, and earth, with the fragments always on the move.” 

Jaye was born in the Chicago area. When she was ten, her family moved to Los Angeles, California. On the way west, the family took the time to enjoy a variety of attraction within the then “small towns” of Santa Fe, N.M. and Scottsdale and Tucson, AZ. In between destination points, Jaye found herself mesmerized by large sandstone formations, towering mountain peaks, and the ever-changing shadows that formed the backdrops to the mysteriously formed plant life. As the family was pulling out of Tucson heading for L.A., Jaye declared, “This is where I am going to college.” And she did, not too many years later, as an art major at the University of Arizona.

Reflecting back now, Jaye will comment that she was extremely lucky to attend a public school system that offered art class to students K-12. She said, “This is where I learned to draw, paint, and sculpt in clay, as well as understand the importance of composition and expressing my individual view.” Jaye credits those early experiences and exposure to artists in forming the foundation for her own curiosity, exploration, and later, her lifetime commitment as a working artist.

Jaye did receive her B.F.A. at the University of Arizona and went on to complete her M.F.A. at Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ. In her long career, Jaye’s work has been in exhibits nationally and internationally from California, into the Pacific Northwest, across the plains to New York City, and leaping the Atlantic to Paris, France. Permanent collections that house her sculpture are the Arizona State University Permanent Art Collection in Tempe, and the Pacific Lutheran University Collection in Tacoma, WA. Her honors include Who’s Who in American Art, the Great Americans of the Bicentennial Era, Personalities of America, and the California Art Review just to name a few.

Today, Jaye works from her home studio in Carefree, Arizona. She is concentrating on two major events this year, The Sonoran Art League, Hidden In The Hills Studio Tour where she and her artist husband Les Lawrence host a studio, and the Annual ASU Ceramic Research Center Studio Tour and Sale at a studio in Scottsdale. Jaye’s work is a dance of natural materials, thought provoking design, and awe-inspiring images. To see a retrospective of her work, view her recent pieces, contact her, and keep up with her exhibit schedule, visit her Web site at www.jayelawrence.com.  

Contact art columnist Shea Stanfield at flowingquill@yahoo.com.