JONI STERNBACH — SURFBOARDS
Surfboards, as with other human-made vehicles, take us from here to there. Theirs is a journey of unique repetition that tell stories of human transportation, migration, food gathering, and an expression of people in their environment. This work suggests surfboards as a typology of sculptural totems reflecting culture and class by drawing connections between materials, objects and human experience. Surfboards bear the imprint, a scar of the person who rode them, an extension of their own skin and flesh.
PRINT INFORMATION: Contact Gelatin Silver Prints from /wet Plate Collodion Negatives | 14” x 11” image on 14” x 11” sheet | Edition: 8+2AP.
For the past 20 years, I have created images that tell stories about the ocean. I have turned and returned to this subject as a source of exploration and inspiration. This resilient fascination now continues by focusing directly on the vessels designed for ocean travel: surfboards. In this work, I am using the collodion process as a tool to uncover the essential basics of my subject and to visualize its archaic form. The process enables me to reduce the elements in a purposeful transformation, bringing to light colors and textures and revealing details just below the surface that would otherwise remain unseen.
Joni Sternbach was born in the Bronx, New York and currently lives in Brooklyn. She is an advisory board member at Penumbra Foundation in NYC, where she teaches wet plate collodion.
For additional information about Joni Sternbach: www.jonisternbach.com