Lens Magazine

States of Grace

Wendi Schneider

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My work illuminate­s transforma­tive moments of spiritual connection to nature, guided by the serenity I find in the stillness of suspended light on the sinuous elegance of organic forms. I’m compelled to preserve the visual poetry of these fleeting moments of vanishing beauty in our vulnerable environmen­t to make the intangible tangible and celebrate the ephemeral.

My original capture is the starting point for the final image. The images are layered digitally with color and texture to manipulate the boundaries between the real and the imagined, often altered within the edition, honoring the variations. Printed on translucen­t vellum or Kozo, these ethereal impression­s are then illuminate­d with white gold, moon gold, silver, or 24k gold leaf behind the image, creating a luminosity that varies as the viewer’s position and ambient light transition. My process infuses the artist’s hand and suffuses the treasured subjects with the implied spirituali­ty and sanctity of the precious metals – reflecting the meditative moments of capture and creation. Within the series are collection­s that can be curated by subject, theme, or treatment.

 ??  ?? Right: Dusk Falls, 2019. Pigment ink on kozo over white gold leaf. Wendi Schneider © All rights reserved.
Right: Dusk Falls, 2019. Pigment ink on kozo over white gold leaf. Wendi Schneider © All rights reserved.
 ??  ?? Desert Mist, 2017. Pigment ink on vellum over white gold leaf.
Wendi Schneider © All rights reserved.
Desert Mist, 2017. Pigment ink on vellum over white gold leaf. Wendi Schneider © All rights reserved.

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