Monday, April 8, 2013

Abstraction Winners: Corinne Schulze


“My youth was atypical, in a sense.”  Growing up on farms afforded Director’s Choice winner Corinne Schulze an unparalleled view of nature both in terms of its beauty and its reality. “I spent most of my childhood heavily influenced by the practices of my mother, whose background is in art and biology.” Exploring the world in her own backyard as well as on camping trips, Schulze inextricably linked art and science in her mind. “It’s natural for me to consider art and science to be complementary to one another. In order to gain a comprehensive understanding of the world around us, both must be utilized.”

Human Remains

In looking at her work, the scientific influence is evident. Influenced by theoretical concepts from critical thought, Schulze says that she appreciates the philosophical aspect of scientific thinking. “Some of my projects are more rigorous in practice, such as my fruit fly experiment, but the scientific bent to most of my work comes from ideas in science and not practice.” And as much of her work is abstract, garnering ideas from scientific abstracts makes a lot of sense.

Fruit Fly Flight

Schulze’s winning image, Pottery, is a part of Stardust.

[Stardust] consists of images made from the dust left behind by anthropological collections objects in my photography studio. The titles of each image refer to the objects that were photographed for scientific investigation. The dust that fell from those objects created abstract patterns that evoked celestial formations. When looking at the patterns, I was reminded of the concept that we are all made of stardust. I was intrigued by the idea that everything returns to the elements it was created from over the passing of time. 

Director's Choice: Pottery

Though Stardust is an ethereal interpretation of abstraction as a genre, her use of more recognizable items, mainly from nature, is just as engaging, if not more intriguing. “By creating abstract images, I free the subject from its widely recognized form and open it up to create new meaning.” And in doing so, Schulze finds not only the beauty, but also the patterns that sometimes emerge from chaos, such as her exploration of fractal form in her series Morphogenesis.

Drosophila Neurons from Morphogenesis

Schulze sees success as “having a disciplined practice that is always changing to express your truest self,” and tries to live up to this definition in her own work. “It’s a balance between going out and making work in a consistent way while accepting the unexpected discoveries and challenges that may occur while in process.”

Abstraction is on view through April 27, 2013.

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