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Out of a need to face what she was seeing in the photos, she began drawing on the pictures -- ultimately producing the 50 works that are now on view at CB1 through mid-July. A.-based artist took time to chat with me about how the series began, the controversy it has generated for her with her friends and family, and the new public installation in Los Angeles that her work method has inspired. I don't necessarily seek out politically charged work to do. And if you’re not Jewish and you're against what's happening, you’re anti-Semitic. I understand that you're using a similar technique -- photographs covered in lines -- for a public art commission for the L.
How did you come to these images, and why did you begin drawing on them? I would just cover things with line and line and line. I’d cover my Styrofoam pieces in lines as a formal thing. We cover it up because we don’t want to see it."After seeing images of the 2014 Gaza bombings in her Facebook feed, Jaime Scholnick began to draw over them as a way of dealing with their content. I just was doing them and doing them and I had them in my studio, and people would say, "What are these? They're beautiful, but they're really dark." The most surprising part has been the reaction from other artists. I once did pieces with glitter of the [George W.] Bush cabinet. The installation consists of 50 images -- 49 show the destruction in Gaza, and one shows a group of Israelis at an outdoor picnic or social gathering of some sort, watching the bombings (a phenomenon that has been covered in various media outlets, including the Guardian).
Susan Sontag wrote about how photographs document war and how they can be so easily ignored. With these images, I'm seduced by the sheer line of it. What was it like to spend hours staring at this as you worked?
Then you look and look and you start to uncover depth. There’s one image of a girl, and her eyes are black and blue. So for me, with these, it's the decision of what to show and what not to reveal.
(Jaime Scholnick / CB1 Gallery)It was a way for me to honor them.
By translating it into art, it is easier to look at. A number of the images show terrible situations: bodies, the wounded, injured and dead children.
Shown is an image of an explosion obscured by Scholnick's lines. Each of Jaime Scholnick's manipulations reduces graphic news images into a series of lined planes. The fact is there weren’t as many casualties on the Israeli side. What kinds of issues has this project raised for you on a personal level? I was very into the religion when I was very young. Because we think we’re the chosen people, we can do this to others."I can’t talk about this with my family.
(Jaime Scholnick / CB1 Gallery)This particular work I came to when I saw the images [of the Gaza bombings] on Facebook. Scholnick, who is Jewish, says that the series has been controversial among some of her friends and family.
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