Our world is increasingly becoming digital.

Telebanking by Smartphone, photoshopped models everywhere, virtual tickets on the trains. David Hockney, British grand master of painting, has begun using his iPad as a painting tool. What does this mean for painting as such? Why do people still paint by hand?

Sophia Schama has been exploring the question of how to incorporate the digital approach of photoshopping into the ideas behind analogue painting, and how these two concepts interact. The topic at hand, still, is nature and technology. Photoshop can change or emphasize motifs and even make them disappear. Technology allows us to model the world according to our ideas. After a heavy shower, grass grows in no time; the lawn mower can change that in an instant.

Whereas Schama used to create the pictorial space by combining and overlapping cold and warm, light and dark layers of paint, for some time now she has taken things a step further: she subtracts, the wall behind her works on transparency becomes pictorial space. As in her most recent works, instead of mouse clicks, a palette knife is drawn through the colour on the prepared canvas, leaving only traces of the applied colour. What’s underneath can still be guessed, it has almost vanished and thus becomes the actual motif. Her brush strokes mimic the ‘delete’ command. The act of wiping away creates edges and corners devoid of anything, resulting in spatial, almost three-dimensional shapes.
Welcome to Sophia Schama’s analogue space at Galerie m2a.

Elly Brose-Eiermann

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