Saunders creates and photographs flower arrangements in her studio, but she is not a traditional still life photographer. Saunders doesn't shoot with a view camera or Digital SLR and a large selection of lenses. She uses her iPhone, capturing images that are filled with energy, shadows and light. Shooting through glass and playing with refracted light and shadows, her images are evocative of watercolors, hardly recognizable as camera derived and anything but still. “The images are made in my studio,” explains Saunders. “The veil of the glass creates unexpected surprises and it’s this interplay of composition and serendipity, intent and chance that I find so compelling.”
At the show, Saunders will be exhibiting archival pigment prints and multi-layer works printed on thin Japanese kozo paper and infused with encaustic wax, some as large as 54 inches across. The beeswax gives a physicality to these works that connects them to the garden. The images become translucent, luminous light gatherers–vehicles of ephemera. The shifting light of day causes one’s perception of the image to change, making the art conditional to its surroundings.
Saunders’ photo-based art works are a new direction for her and a departure from her fine art jewelry which has been exhibited worldwide.Her work is included in books,as well as the collections of several world-renowned museums. Saunders has received numerous awards and grants including a New York Foundation for the Arts grant (NYFA) and two National Endowment for the Arts grants (NEA) for her previous work.
“My working process has not changed all that much,” explains Saunders. "Whether I am fusing gold or fusing wax, working with hammers and steel, or capturing light and movement in my studio with my iPhone, my art has always been a practice, requiring that I remain entirely focused on the moment, balancing intuition and intellect, composition and chance-much like living one’s life.”
Gayle Saunders at Artexpo New York
SOLO Booth 720
Pier 94 (55th Street and the West Side Highway)
April 4-6, 2014
Friday, April 4 10am-7pm
Saturday, April 5 10am-7pm
Sunday, April 6 10am-6pm
Media kits, including high- and low-resolution images are available to the press, and Gayle Saunders is available for interviews prior to and during the show. She can be contacted through her website at www.gaylesaunders.com, or via the contact information below.