The “Pixelation & Craquelure” series
I’ve been making photographic work recently, which is purposefully non-technical and focused on ideas about painters’ identities –particularly women painters– and the space of the studio. Projecting digital images of portrait paintings onto work in progress/things/places in my studio, I’m bringing artists from other centuries in, spending time with them, and taking their pictures. The images are pixelated due to the conditions of their capture, but you don’t see that from a distance – nor do you see the craquelure of the portraits’ surfaces. My body in front of the projector casts shadows that fall across the portraits as I take the shots, obscuring details that might site these sitters in their own centuries. Now untethered from the past, these larger-than-life faces and figures appear in my studio, fellow painters brought to life in the colored light of that darkened space. The centuries between us have collapsed.
Below: In the Studio with Maria van Oosterwijck (1630-1693)
Archival pigment prints 22″ X 22″ 2021-2022