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24 x 34 x 2 cm (Book size) Hardcover linen with dust jacket Essay by Michael Wilson Copies 750 2017 118 pages
The German artist has garnered international acclaim for her expressive large-scale watercolour and oil works on paper featuring figures in various states of repose.
“My interest is in the private moment,” says Schomaker of the theme that has been preoccupying her. But this is not voyeurism, in the traditional sense – “It is more like a sudden glimpse – something unexpected. These figures do not offer contact. Their faces are blank, vanishing.” This blankness allows us to project on to the image, their very anonymity an invitation to the viewer to bring something of their own. Furthermore, the larger-than-life scale draws us in, enveloping us. Being in the room surrounded by these figures is a powerfully immersive, contemplative experience.