Schneider Gallery is pleased to present Between Reason, a photographic exhibition by Martina Lopez. This new work chronicles Lopez’s desire to construct a personal narrative from found 19th century portraits. Through digital manipulation and surface treatment, the resultant compositions do not reveal a linear story; in fact, they raise more questions than answers. The ethereal portraits contain image fragments of hair and facial features from Lopez’s family. When juxtaposed with the underlying found imagery, the collision of past and present produces a disconnect between history and memory.
Presented beneath a layer of wax, the photographs are transformed once again. They gain a translucency, an aura, and this process adds a very literal second layer to the viewing of the image. Now completely encased, the photograph-turned-object attempts to freeze the moment encapsulated inside. Each portrait, a blending of two histories, is merged into a new iteration that speaks directly to the passage of time and the artist’s need to halt it.