For over twenty years, Isca Greenfield-Sanders has created landscape paintings based on found vintage photography, that invite her viewer to forge a connection to their own experience. In her newest body of work “Shade My Eyes,” fragments of images have been distilled into carefully composed paintings, which emerge simultaneously familiar yet enigmatic.
Her larger canvases are divided into grids of 15 inch square tiles, calling attention to the nature of systematic process and mathematical order. Kris Paulsen writes in her essay, Open Window: On Isca Greenfield-Sanders’s Grids, “The grid, here, is an artifact of Greenfield-Sanders’s process. Beginning with found photographic slides, she scans, crops, and digitally manipulates the image. Figures appear and disappear, colors change, or optical phenomena (such as light leaks or lens flares) may enter the frame.”
The delicately balanced paintings depict scenes that feel reminiscent of childhood memory, distant yet quietly composed, serene and tranquil. As Kris Paulsen notes, “On Greenfield- Sanders’s canvases, these American myths seduce at the same time as they unmask themselves as fictions. Even if taken at face value, the original found photographs are fantasies themselves—images captured as much to document as to create selective memories for the future.”