White Compositions
1985-1987


8 gelatin silver prints; 11” x 14”; each image printed in separate edition of 5 – 7 plus 2 artist’s proofs. 


White Compositions was my first body of work utilizing only the white scrim; they are pure abstractions. More specifically, my goal was to create dynamic forms out of light and shadow; in effect, the images are drawings in light, with the shadows formed by the folds acting as pencil lines. The series has a similar feeling to the early 20th century paper cut-outs of Francis Brugière and the photogenics of Lotte Jacobi, but with a different quality of light and an absence of hard edges. The aim was to de-materialize the fabric and blur the distinction between figure and ground so that the image felt more like an apparition in space than like actual matter. I stopped working on the series after 8 images in order to focus on the Whiteness work.