During the Cantor’s opening and First Friday celebration in October 2019, Jordan Casteel discussed her creative process with John & Jill Freidenrich Director of the Cantor Arts Center Susan Dackerman. In this conversation, Casteel told the story about her painting of Yvonne and James, a couple she met in Harlem, giving us a glimpse into their relationship and how these two characters became as much part of Casteel’s life as they are now part of her portfolio.
Casteel makes use of her camera to capture her encounters with her subjects, allowing her to slow down boisterous street life and provide enough detail of the individuals that she interacts with so that she can come back to them, study their mannerisms, what they wear, and even their inner lives, when she returns to her studio. The camera helps her -- and us by extension -- give a detailed focus on her sitters.
Click below to watch as Jordan recounts the story of Yvonne and James.