A. M. Schaer

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"And the people bowed down to a toilet paper god they'd made"


--with apologies to Simon and Garfunkel


THIS IS A WORK IN PROGRESS

Max the Mad Monkey is the only creaturein my inner cast of characters who is crazyenough or dumb enough to pull a stunt like this. THIS IS A SKETCH, NOT A FULLY CLEANED UP WORK


I initially meant this to be a simple photo documenting my process; however, I think the chaotic way these mini images of my paintings spill across the pages of my sketchbook pretty much sums up my emotional state.over the past few weeks.


With my usual routine upended, and all my plans for the year flushed down the toilet, I have been unable to focus well enough to accomplish much. Normally, I am known for my self-disciplined practice, and the studio is usually the first place I go when confronted with personal and/or global distress., but not this time.


By giving me something concrete to focus on, I think this residency is helping me put myself back together. We'll see.

These are pictures of paintings I have made over the past couple of years. I intend to combine them with some new elements and make collages expressing my feelings and thoughts about this strange and difficult time we find ourselves in.


As I said in my Instagram post, stay tuned.


My major work stream for the past 3 years has been acrylic paintings on shaped wooden panels cut out with a laser. Due to lockdown restrictions I can't access the laser cutter, so I have returned to making what I call "digital collages". These are multilayered images composed of images from a variety of sources, most commonly my own photos and sometimes scanned watercolors amd drawings. Tonight's offerings are montages consisting of public domain images of Covid-19 sandwiched together with images of my studio and also an abandoned building from another series I was already working on.


The work I am posting here is hot off the computer. I was still working on them an hour ago. They are "Artist's Proofs", subject to change.


Although the images can be enjoyed in purely digtal form, I generally turn the ones I really like into archival prints, seldom numbering more than 3. Sometimes I will also use them as studies for my acrylic paintings.


ou can see examples of both my acrylic and digital work at www.artgeekgal.com. (Previous round of digital stuff is in the archives section.)


My major work stream for the past 3 years has been acrylic paintings on shaped wooden panels cut out with a laser. Due to lockdown restrictions I can't access the laser cutter, so I have returned to making what I call "digital collages". These are multilayered images composed of images from a variety of sources, most commonly my own photos and sometimes scanned watercolors amd drawings. Tonight's offerings are montages consisting of public domain images of Covid-19 sandwiched together with images of my studio and also an abandoned building from another series I was already working on.

 

The work I am posting here is hot off the computer. I was still working on them an hour ago. They are "Artist's Proofs", subject to change.

 

Although the images can be enjoyed in purely digtal form, I generally turn the ones I really like into archival prints, seldom numbering more than 3. Sometimes I will also use them as studies for my acrylic paintings.


ou can see examples of both my acrylic and digital work at www.artgeekgal.com. (Previous round of digital stuff is in the archives section.)