Isca Greenfield-Sanders creates paintings based on found photographs, usually of typical American subjects, mainly from the 1950's and 60's. Using imagery from anonymous sources Greenfield-Sanders explores the relationship between painting and photography. Greenfield-Sanders begins her works by abstracting details from the found images into small watercolor studies which are then enlarged and reprinted on 7 inch square sections of rice paper. These delicate tiles are then affixed to the larger canvases upon which Isca applies her luscious, bold, and expertly imagined and mixed palette of oil paints. The resulting scene is a contemporary reimagining of the generic imagery with which she began. She often portrays idyllic family rituals, as in her iconic beach scenes, but for all of the idealized American imagery, shadows of darkness and imperfection emerge. This is particularly evident in recent bodies of work that have included images of Korean and Second World War parachute jumpers and her latest series, "Light Leaks" which explores flaws in amateur photography through images of children's soccer games.
Isca graduated from Brown University in 2000 with a B.A. in Math and a B.A. in Visual Arts. Greenfield-Sanders lives and works in the East Village and on a lake in the Hudson Highlands. Her work is included in many private and public collections including The Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Brooklyn Museum, The Israel Museum and The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. In early 2006 her work was the subject of a two-person exhibition at the Museum Mosbroich in Leverkusen, Germany and her work is currently the subject of a solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver. Her work has been featured in many magazines and publications including Art News, ArtNet, NYLON, The New York Times, New York Magazine, The New Yorker, Tema Celeste, Elle, Departures, Vanity Fair, Elle Decor, and Art Forum.
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