Biography of Isca Greenfield-Sanders
With her merging of photography and painting, and combining nostalgia with rich color, the artworks of Isca Greenfield-Sanders are imbued with a potent and ungraspable aura. Concerned with the fallacy of memory and collective ideas, her meditative and deeply moving works force the viewer to re-evaluate the manner in which they process the past. Many of her artworks focus on the era of postwar American life, when the country was riding high internationally, and a persuasive American identity was being formed.
Using antique photographs—often from old family albums sourced from flea markets—Isca Greenfield-Sanders alters the photos with the use of a scanner. She then mounts them in so called “tiles” before using oil paint to work over them. This use of digital media and the more traditional craft of oil painting is, according to the artist, a form of deconstruction and reconstruction. Focusing on concise tiles, Isca Greenfield-Sanders works on fragments, which then build up to constitute a whole—in such a way she mirrors the workings of man’s memory. Such a working method allows her to produce both familiar and wholly alien images which re-enforce her explorations into remembrance.
Born in 1978 in New York City, Isca Greenfield-Sanders grew up in a creative milieu teeming with musicians and artists. In 2000 she graduating from Brown University with a B.A. in math and visual arts and in 2003 she married fellow artist, Sebastian Blanck. Her close family friend Lou Reed, the famous singer from The Velvet Underground, officiated the wedding.
Hugely collected around the world she is featured in the permanent collection of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York and The Museum Morsbroich in Leverkusen, Germany. Isca Greenfield-Sanders has exhibited internationally, most notably with her solo exhibition “Light Leaks” in 2010 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver. In 2003 she had the honor of creating a project room at the prestigious P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center in New York.