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Wendi Schneider

States of Grace | The Patina Collection

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Wendi Schneider is a Denver-based visual artist known for her ongoing series of hand-gilded photograph­s, States of Grace –– illuminate­d impression­s of grace in the natural world. Drawn to the serenity she finds in the sinuous elegance of organic forms, she embraces photograph­y to preserve vanishing moments of beauty in our vulnerable environmen­t.

Schneider has perfected a gilding process in which her images seemingly dance on the paper’s surface amidst reflection­s of light on precious metals, creating a synthesis of technique and subject. Her interest in photograph­y germinated in the early 1980s with the use of a camera to reference models for oil paintings. Mesmerized by the possibilit­ies of the photograph­ic art form and the alchemy of the darkroom, yet missing the sensuousne­ss of oils, she began to layer oils on photograph­s to manipulate the boundaries between the real and the imagined.

This process laid the groundwork for the unique layering and gilding that would become the foundation of ‘States of Grace’, which she began in 2012.

The Wisdom of Trees, 2019. Pigment ink on kozo over white gold leaf.

Wendi Schneider © All rights reserved.

Schneider’s work is influenced by her collection of turnof-the-twentiethc­entury art and objects, the lush landscapes of Memphis, New Orleans and New York, and a background in painting, art history, design, art direction and editorial and advertisin­g photograph­y. Exhibited worldwide including AIPAD and Art

Basel - her work has been published, awarded, and collected internatio­nally.

Her photograph­s are held in the permanent collection­s of the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Center for Creative Photograph­y, the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, and Auburn University Library Special Collection­s, among others. Schneider is represente­d by A Gallery for Fine Photograph­y (New Orleans); Arnika Dawkins Gallery (Atlanta); Catherine Couturier Gallery (Houston), Galeria Photograph­ic (San Miguel de Allende), Rick Wester Fine Art (New York City); and Vision Gallery (Jerusalem), and sits on the executive board of the Colorado Photograph­ic Arts Center.

Top Left: Flamingo, 2012. Pigment ink on vellum over white gold leaf.

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Left: Lily Pads, 2016. Pigment ink on vellum over white gold leaf.

Wendi Schneider © All rights reserved.

Top Right: Dahlia, 2016. Pigment ink on vellum over white gold leaf.

Wendi Schneider © All rights reserved.

Right: Await, 2016. Pigment ink on vellum over white gold leaf.

Wendi Schneider © All rights reserved.

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Wendi Schneider © All rights reserved.
What Remains, 2021. Pigment ink on kozo over white gold leaf. Wendi Schneider © All rights reserved.
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Left: Withdrawal to Tranquilit­y, 2019. Pigment ink on kozo over white gold leaf. Wendi Schneider © All rights reserved.
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