States of Grace: the Aviary

CompanyWendi Schneider Fine Art
PhotographerWendi Schneider
PrizeHonorable Mention
Entry Description

In States of Grace, I seek serenity in ephemeral, organic forms, illuminating glimpses of beauty to silence chaos. I capture the fleeting movement of light and form that is often overlooked, preserving that mystical moment that stills time for me. Photographing intuitively - what i feel, as much as what i see - and informed by a background in oil painting and art history, I portray a personal interpretation by layering the images with color and texture, to balance the real and the imagined. These sensual images are printed digitally with archival pigment ink on vellum. White gold or silver leaf is applied on verso, creating a luminous surface and suffusing the subjects with the implied spirituality and sanctity of the precious metals. Within the limited edition, the prints may differ in color or texture, and, as the effect of gilding inherently varies, each of the limited edition prints is unique.

About Photographer

Wendi Schneider is a visual artist currently working in photography and mixed media. Born in Memphis, she earned an AA in Art History from Stephens College in Columbia, MO and a BA in Painting from Newcomb/Tulane in New Orleans. She turned to photography in the early ‘80s to create reference images for her figurative oil paintings, then began painting on her photographs to create a heightened reality. After she photographed, designed and produced the award-winning re-creation of the 1901 Picayune’s Creole Cook Book for The Times-Picayune newspaper, she moved to New York, where she photographed nearly 100 book covers and was a major contributor to Victoria Magazine. She moved to Denver in 1994, and after several decades of photography, design and art direction for clients, she recently returned to her fine art photography roots. Gilded vellum photographs from her current series “States of Grace” have been exhibited in more than 60 venues, including the Griffin Museum of Photography, A Gallery For Fine Photography, the Center For Fine Art Photography, the Center for Photographic Art, the Colorado Photographic Arts Center, the A Smith Gallery, and the Berlin Foto Biennale. Her work has been featured in Silvershotz, B&W Magazine, Adore Chroma, Shutterbug, Lenscratch, Don’t Take Pictures, Bokeh Bokeh, and UnderExposed, and has been honored by the International Photography Awards, the International Color Awards, the Julia Margaret Cameron Awards, the Pollux Awards, the Monochrome Awards, the B&W Spider Awards, PX3 Prix de la Paris, and the San Diego Natural History Museum Best of Nature awards. She is represented by A Gallery For Fine Photography in New Orleans and Galeria Photo/Graphic is San Miguel de Allende.