Ever feel lost in a crowd? Artist Sherry Karver addresses that disconcerting yet common feeling in her series “Urban City Series with Text.” Combining the old master technique of oil-glazing with contemporary digital photography, Karver creates these intriguing scenes from sojourns in cities like New York, Seattle, Chicago and San Francisco.
Karver begins by photographing people in anonymous urban settings. Using the computer, she then digitally enhances the black and white images as well as adding text on top. After gluing the photographs to wood backings she adds several layers of oil glazes for color. Finally Karver pours resin on top of the pieces which creates a highly reflective surface, allowing the viewer to see themselves in the scene.
The artist says, “My work embraces the contemporary non-linear view of time with its randomness, spontaneity, and chance occurrences. The figures are often caught in movement, conveying our individual journeys, where we are all ‘collectively alone‘.”