Joan Sherman

My current drawings have their roots in sources as diverse as 17th century Dutch and Flemish still life paintings, 20th century photography and present day technology. The drawings are large-scale, but are drawn in great detail, using a jeweler’s magnifying lens. This is a very slow process, in which the images gradually emerge from the work surface. They are meant to be experienced from afar, as most large pieces, but also up close, never loosing the intimacy and subtlety of smaller work.

The originals are done in charcoal, graphite and pastel. Light Drawings are prints on plexiglass, mounted on light boxes, so that the drawings have a warm glow. Prints on a variety of materials fully explore the different ways in which an image is influenced by the materials used in its execution and offers different iterations of a concept. They explore the relationship between the human hand and technology. The reference to black and white photography often forces viewers to look closely to see the traces of the human imprint and to think about its place in artistic endeavor.