Jay Edward Roth’s current work explores trauma and recovery. The imagery does not reflect specific events but rather how one manages traumatic memory over time and through role changes. Themes of disorientation, anxiety, loss and hope are present and how becoming an adult or becoming a father can bring with it a deeper understanding of traumatic experiences, in some ways making one more vulnerable to that experience.
The process of reconciliation is central to his current work. Not the reconciliation between people but instead how one reconciles traumatic experiences with what comes later in life. There is pain and burden in this process but also the possibility of healing and letting go.
Jay Edward Roth is a self-educated artist living in Philadelphia.