Monday, November 22

Diana Scherer: The Back of Your Head + Geraniumthings

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A quick glance at photographer Diana Scherer's recent work might leave you thinking she is merely a florist, and in a way she is. The beauty of her artwork consists mainly of the poses she captures her subjects in, whether they be dogs, flowers, or children. Her work is somewhat playful, in the sense that she is constantly toying with the concept of two and three dimensional art. Scherer's collection "Frauen" puts paper cut-outs of women in trees, and her series titled "Still Life" are photographs of taxidermist animals that have been then photographed onto a photograph of a natural habitat, such as a river or a valley of flowers. It's these pieces that are my favorite of hers, ones where her attention to dimensional layering is evident.

There is also a darkness to Scherer's work that is probably more prominent when one considers the fact that she rarely shows the face of her human subject. Her series "Babies 'off the record'" is a collection of overhead shots of a baby, crawling on green and red carpets. The brightness of the flash combined with the baby's nudity evoke something almost explicit, but far from pornographic. A sort of unsettling emotion is sensed in her series "Maedchen," photographs of overhead shots of girls lying face down on a black background, almost in cadaverous positions. It seems that the reason for my feelings of discomfort lay only in the absence of any sort of visage and in the positions she places her subjects. Since these photos Diana Scherer has turned to much brighter work, photographing flowers in a minimalist fashion. Although these are very pretty, I hope one day she'll return to her spooky human portraits and taxidermist animals.

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