JOAN SNITZER
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Compositions

The Lattice Fence

 

There was a fence with spaces you

Could see through if you wanted to.

 

An architect who saw this thing

Stood there one summer evening,

 

Took out the spaces with great care

And built a castle in the air.

 

The fence was utterly dumbfounded:

Each post stood there with nothing round it

 

A sight most terrible to see.

(They charged it with indecency)

 

The architect then ran away

To Africa – or –  Americay

 

Christian Morgenstern  -1905

(Trans. R. F. C. Hull)

 

My project “Compositions” revolves around a central paradox: the improbable freedom of expression in pure abstract forms and a disillusion in representing the simplest possibilities of reality through photographic representation.  In order to understand this paradox, I explore in painting the poetics of geometry, the poetics of intimacy and touching and the poetics of spaces and places.  In my work there are places I can see but not touch and spaces that I can touch but obscure familiar imagery.  I propose a balance or merger of forms, patterns and representations that I experience everyday.  This is the way elements of abstraction and the production of contemporary images structure the way I experience the world.