Midtown magazine September October 2021

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EVENTS

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DINE & DRAFT

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OUT&ABOUT

MIDTOWN MINGLES

“This series tells my story from early childhood into adulthood. Before I became a professional dancer, I was raised as a Jehovah’s Witness. I left home at 16. I had to restart my whole life.”

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NEW AROUND TOWN

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KALEIDOSCOPE

JAIMON CACERES C ATA C LY S M , 2 0 2 1

COLORED PENCIL ON PAPER 34 BY 44 INCHES

INTO THE LINE OF FIRE

BY CHARLOTTE RUSSELL

“Cataclysm” captures the exact moment self-taught artist Jaimon Caceres decided to leave his life as a Jehovah’s Witness, a decision that meant complete exile from his family, religion and community. The only way to leave was to go into the line of fire, shown in this work as the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse— imagery often used in the Jehovah’s Witness religion. “Cataclysm” is part of Caceres’ latest series, “Evolution,” which tells his story of growing up in the North Carolina mountains as a Jehovah’s Witness, to becoming a professional ballet dancer, to working as a colored pencil artist. Known as a hyperrealist artist, the “Evolution” series is rendered in an impressionistic style in order to portray memory and emotions in his life’s story. Caceres lives and works in Raleigh. View his work at Artspace, online at jaimoncaceres.com and on Instagram at @jaimon.caceres.art. SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2021

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