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Barbara J Schaefer
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Greenpoint



ARTIST STATEMENT: I work at night, in the dark. I discover and am surprised by the absence of light and noise. Using only flickers from a flashlight, I paint with light. My work in various art forms - dance, choreography, continuum movement, writing and music - has informed and enhanced my primary work as a visual artist. The inter-relationship of these disciplines develops my awareness of the underlying principles that are essential to all art forms. First, all art-making requires presence, patience and showing up for the work, even when it seems nothing is happening. Then, listening, observation, decisiveness, and release. Having painted for many years, this process of painting with light is a natural progression. My work is not constructed, but emerges as life presents itself moment to moment. When working with another, I invite the person to move within the space in her or his own accord. In this way, everyoneƕs intuition is heightened. What emerges is authentic, fresh and surprising. And always unknown. When working without people, I move within the space, allowing the space to inform me as if it were a living being. This work continues my lifelong artistic interests: What manifests from the unknown, the invisible? How to trust it?
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  • Assenza 1
    2008
    one-shot digital photo
    27 x 40 inches
    absence in the streets of Rome, Italy for the day of memory.

  • Assenza 1
    2008
    one-shot digital photo
    40 x 40 inches
    absence in the streets of Rome, Italy.

  • Presenza 2
    2008
    one-shot digital photo
    27 x 40 inches
    Painting with light.

  • Presenza 4
    2008
    one-shot digital photo
    27 x 40 inches
    Painting with light.

  • Tarantata 3
    2008
    one-shot digital photo
    14 x 40 inches
    The dance of the spider in order to expel the poison of the tarantula spider. Tarantism.

  • The Dancer Returns Home 2
    2010
    one-shot digital photo
    27 x 40 inches
    On the streets of Monti, in Rome, Italy. Painting with light.

  • The Dancer Returns Home 5
    2010
    one-shot digital photo
    27 x 40 inches
    Dancing in the streets of Monti, in Rome, Italy. Painting with light.

  • The Next Step 10
    2011
    one-shot digital photo
    23 x 40 inches
    Painting with light in the streets of Rome, Italy.

  • The Next Step 18
    2011
    one-shot digital photo
    27 x 40 inches
    Painting with light in the streets of Rome, Italy.

  • absence - acceptance - presence
    2010
    one-shot digital photo
    27 x 40 inches
    From the series "In Treatment" as inspired by the HBO Television series of the same name.

  • absence - awakening - presence
    2010
    one-shot digital photo
    27 x 40 inches
    From the series "In Treatment" as inspired by the HBO Television series of the same name.
 








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