FRESH 2019 ONLINE SHOWCASE

PAULA RIFF — BLUE IS NOT THE SKY

 

PROJECT STATEMENT

"Blue is not the sky" is an exploration of color, form and design through experimental and camera-less photography. I use the historical processes of cyanotype and gum bichromate to imagine the universe through the world of abstraction, as a place where all possible shapes, forms and colors coexist. Inspired by abstract painters and the experimental photographers of the early 1920’s who created abstract images with the intention of moving beyond the medium’s ability to reproduce reality, my vision is to create a different reality by letting go of any preconceived ideas of photography.

PRINT INFORMATION: Cyanotype and Gum Bichromate Prints | 2019 | 15”x11” | Edition: Unique.

ARTIST STATEMENT

As an artist I create one of a kind camera-less photographic works on paper that embrace bold colors, form and design. I combine the historical processes of cyanotype and gum bichromate that allows me to have a physical and intimate relationship with the materials. The hand made aspect of creating pieces gives me the opportunity to experiment and push the boundaries of the medium while considering themes of abstraction and the natural world. I am interested in the abstract and non-representational forms, shapes and elements of design, These are the driving forces behind what I am making now.

ARTIST BACKGROUND

Paula Riff is a Los Angeles artist known for creating one of a kind camera-less photographic works on paper that embrace bold colors, form and design. She combines the historical processes of cyanotype and gum bichromate allowing her a physical and intimate relationship with the materials that she uses to push the boundaries of the medium while considering  themes of abstraction and the natural world. 
Paula’s work was selected for the Top 50 Critical Mass Award of 2018 and was a 2018 finalist for the Julia Margaret Cameron Award for Women. Her work appears in multiple museums, galleries and publications.

For additional information about Paula Riff: www.paulariff.com