Harlem, NEW YORK—Some of the most intriguing work I saw on the Harlem Open Artist Studio Tour last weekend was a series of portraits inspired by newspaper obituaries.
Darlene Aschbacher created the small-scale portraits using ink on paper, paint on canvas and sculpting with clay. The smokey-hued images are fluid and shadowy, as though the men and women depicted are between realms.
“Extended Obituary,” was exhibited at Casa Frela Gallery and included a statement from Aschbacher. She described the series as “…a perpetual work in progress. Using a specific image on a specific day from the New York Times obituary page.”
Photos by Arts Observer