Jordan Casteel

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Using her own photographs as a source, Casteel paints life-size portraits of Black men and women in domestic environments, street scenes and places of business. Casteel’s subjects are known to her, whether familial, from her local community in Harlem, New York, or newly acquainted through the process of sitting for a photograph. Within each composition, line and gesture are treated with immediacy indicative of her process. Drawing from personal experience and larger cultural truths, background and foreground conflate with the personal narratives of her sitters.