DARLENE A ASCHBACHER

My current project Harlem in Real Time is a combination of two series. Always drawing on the social realism of German and American Expressionists, I choose a specific day and images from the New York Times Obituary Page, placing it directly onto a prepared canvas. Culling information from the Internet and news media sources, I pull and interpret them as social issues and interests. Harlem and its people is my focus. My approach to information processing starts with a photograph. Painting from photographs distances me from what is real and true. I take what I want and leave the rest - a stripped-down form of people - a pictorial solution of taking apart and putting it back together. Using black and white further pushes the reduction of the figure and ultimate meaning. My interpretation is always changing. 

For more information on the artist and additional works, please be sure to visit her website: www.daaschbacher.com