I’m currently working not only on painting, but on photographic works focusing on painting and painters. Projecting digital images of portrait paintings, I’m bringing artists from other centuries into my studio, spending time with them, and taking their pictures. The shadows my body makes while taking the shots in front of the projector fall across the portraits, obscuring details that might site these sitters in their own centuries. What I now see are the faces of painters, close up and untethered from the past.
For my first subject I chose little-remembered 17th century Dutch still life painter Maria van Oosterwijck (1630–1693) who in 1671 posed for her friend Wallerant Vaillant (1623–1677). Hanging out in the dark of my studio the centuries between us collapse; Maria stops reading as an emblem of 17th-century female propriety and becomes instead a woman painter like me.
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