Projection Pictures

The “Pixelation & Craquelure” series

I’ve been making photographic work recently, which is something new for me. It’s 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 these paintings’ 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. The portraits stop being those kinds of paintings that museum-goers tend to stream by on their way to artworks considered important to the canon, becoming instead larger-than-life faces and figures, painters untethered from the past and brought to life as though my peers. In the colored light of that darkened space, the centuries between us collapse.

Portrait of Maria van Oosterwijck by Wallerant Vaillant, 1671
Collection of the Rijksmuseum

Below: In the Studio with Maria van Oosterwijck (1630-1693)

Archival pigment prints 22″ X 22″ 2021-2022