Schaer, A. M.

Sing symbols from popular culture such as Superman and Barbie, I take a tongue in cheek look at gender and age related stereotypes. Wonder Woman isn’t young and curvy. The body of a football player sports the head of a mild manner lamb. I also paint antiheroes, forgotten peoeple such as the demented old. On a formal level, I am exploring the ways in which shaped cutouts differ from conventional rectangular panels. The cutouts have no “backgrounds” other than the wall they are hung upon. The cutouts  relate to each other and to the viewer in differently than a rectangular canvas. With the background out of the way they occupy the viewer’s space and each other’s space almost as. sculptures would, but they’re flat except for a one inch standoff from the wall created by the bracing that is on the back of each one. I develop my work partly on the computer.. I begin with a scanned sketch or digital photo which I convert into a vector-based outline the laser cutter can read. Once the laser work is done, I add bracing to the back of the panel and then paint it just as though it were a canvas.

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