In my studio
IN THE STUDIO: Cheryl Schainfeld
At the present time, I’m working on three different bodies of work both in my studio and in plein air. The first is a series on paper that I started in 2011 called Bodies Disrupted. I’m fascinated with and find beauty in the grotesque; the scars and the wrinkles of lives well lived. Artists such as Wengechi Mutu, Frank Auerbach, Francis Bacon and many others inspire me. My process begins with a 3D reference model on my computer where I abstract the model by twisting, stretching and scaling the various limbs and torsos. I then print a black outline of the final figure onto handmade Japanese paper and add layers of acrylic, gouache and India ink as well as collage. Using flicking, spraying and dripping techniques also adds to the uncertainty and excitement of the process.
The second series of work are random portraits from memory I paint in watercolor on paper receipts from coffee shops, grocery stores and gas stations. I love the spontaneity of making these and carry a portable watercolor set with me so I can paint them wherever I am. The third works of art I’m creating are larger abstracted paintings with accompanying video animations. I love working on a large scale where my whole body is involved in the process. Most of all I feel really grateful to be creating as well as being part of a wonderful arts community.