Michigan Visual Artist Stephanie Schlatter Grand Rapids Artist Stephanie Schlatter

PAINTED OVER PHOTOS

When I discovered Gerhard Richter's over painted photographs, the idea of fusing two artistic passions of mine--painting and photography--fascinated me. Richter's idea that, "a work of art must be a bit of an enigma," inspired me to create this collection. By highlighting the significant aspects of the photographs, I've revamped these snapshots in time, much like my mind does with a memory.

My painted-over photographs explore the layers of a memory. At the base is the photograph, the static documentation of the triggering moment. It shows all that the eye could see in that particular instant, but no more. Next, there's the layer I have painted over, that attempts to recreate the other, abstract fragments of the memory--the sounds, feelings and connotations--the substance of the moment.

 

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