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Yvonne Jacquette first began working with aerial views in the mid-1970s. 

She continues to base her paintings on pastels made from direct observation, though livened up by composite viewpoints, heightened color, and the manipulation of light and scale.

Yvonne Jacquette lives and works in New York City and Searsmont, Maine. Her work is included in many public and private collections, including those of the Art Institute of Chicago, Ill.; Brooklyn Museum, NY; Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio; Columbus Museum, Ohio; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; Museum of Modern Art, NY; Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pa.; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, NY.

“Yvonne Jacquette: The High Life” is on view at DC Moore Gallery through Feb. 8, 2014.

All images used with permission, copyright © the artist, all rights reserved.

The Morning News:

Your paintings seem to suspend time, but the distance isn’t cold. What is it about the bird’s-eye view that you enjoy perceiving?

Yvonne Jacquette:

Curiosity about how perspective reveals man-made structures and their relationship to “nature.” I like how the canvas plane is like the picture plane.

TMN:

What do you admire in a good architect?

YJ:

Surprises, beautiful proportions, meanings for human life.

TMN:

What are your favorite aspects of airports?

YJ:

Favorite aspects of airports exist only in small airports. Larger airports are full of unsettling chaos, including terrible food.

TMN:

What’s the last piece of art you saw, by another artist, that disoriented or confused you?

YJ:

Astrid Bowlby’s “Sneaky Peanuts,” a panel, eight inches square, with white cat hair and bubble gum attached in swirls.

TMN:

What is a typical work day like?

YJ:

A typical work day once a pastel study is made: blowing up image, questioning every mark.

TMN:

After you’ve painted a place, which do you remember better, the original place or the painting?

YJ:

The painting erases the memory of the place.

Rosecrans Baldwin co-founded The Morning News. He is the author of Paris, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down and You Lost Me There. His next novel is forthcoming from Farrar, Straus and Giroux. His Kindle e-book for The Morning News Editions, about visiting different American towns called Paris, was selected as a notable essay for Best American Essays 2013. More information can be found at his website. More by Rosecrans Baldwin