A unique fusion of photography and painting, Isca Greenfield-Sanders’ work creates a rich dialogue between abstraction and figuration, mechanical reproduction and handcraft, narration and form. Appropriating images from anonymous family estates, Greenfield-Sanders fashions meditative narratives exploring themes of nostalgia, memory and collective ideals. Her use of digital media, combined with the traditional craft of oil painting, creates a set of paradoxes mirroring contemporary lives and longings in an increasingly mechanised world. Each luminous canvas belies a complex process that begins with a vintage 35mm transparency and ends with an oil painting, and involves two changes of scale and medium as the photographic images are broken down and rebuilt as the artist’s own. These emotive scenes of people engaging in leisure activities have a timeless, universal feel and prompt a wealth of intriguing questions around the veracity of the photographic document, the authority of the painting and the nature of this liminal area where these two mediums intersect.
Born in 1978 in New York, Greenfield-Sanders received BA degrees from Brown University in Visual Arts and Mathematics. In 2001, she was the Visiting Artist at the American Academy of Rome and has since had numerous solo exhibitions throughout Europe and the United States. In October 2010 her fist solo museum show opened at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver. Her work can be found in the public and corporate collections including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen, Germany, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Texas, and The Estee Lauder Corporation, New York, NY. Isca Greenfield-Sanders lives and works in New York, NY.