I reshape ordinary environments for the fixed point of view of the camera lens to circumvent a perceptual routine. Using trompe l’oeil techniques, I paint directly onto the surfaces of familiar objects and their surroundings to blur distinctions between foreground and background, paralleling the flatness of the final print. Upon close inspection, brush strokes, taped seams and wobbly edges reveal themselves in detailed focus, exposing the tactile process that goes into making the image. Resisting the perfection of digital manipulation, every discontinuity, error and flaw magnifies the precarious construction of pictorial space.
Rachel Granofsky (b. 1980, Montreal, Canada) graduated from California College of the Arts, San Francisco, with an MFA in 2013. She received her BFA in Photography from Pratt Institute, New York in 2003. She has exhibited in numerous group shows in South Africa, Germany, Sweden, Canada, the U.S.A. and Brazil, and has been awarded artist residencies at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2015), The Wassaic Artist Residency, New York (2014), Greatmore Studios, South Africa (2011), CELLspace, San Francisco (2010). Currently based in Brooklyn, Rachel is developing a body of photographs using tropes of trompe l‘oeil painting in combination with sculptural interventions to parody the imagery and language of real estate listings in the greater New York area.