Works 2000 to 2009.
Painted photographs by Holly Roberts.
Nazraeli Press, Portland, 2010. 80 pp., 64 color illustrations, 9½x12".
Published as a companion book to Holly Roberts: Works 1989 to
1999 (Nazraeli Press, 2000), Works 2000 to 2009 documents the
artist’s activities during the past ten years. Roberts’s odyssey with
the painted photograph began in the mid-1970s. She found that
in painting over a slick photographic surface, she was able to manipulate
the paint by scraping it, scratching it and wiping it away
with the luxury of never losing the underlying image. A modern
pioneer of the method, Roberts brought the technique to a study
of the emotions and psyche of the human condition. After spending
decades refining her practice of over-painting photographs,
Holly Roberts reversed her modus operandi and in 2005 began
constructing photo-based images on top of painted, stand-alone,
abstract backgrounds. Her use of these innovative backdrops sets
the stage for a very different manner of making images that state
her oddly lyrical takes on what she perceives to be true. Holly
Roberts’s work has been widely exhibited in the United States and
abroad, and is included in such permanent collections as the Art
Institute of Chicago; Los Angeles County Museum of Arts; and
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Works 2000 to 2009 opens with an
essay by Robert Hirsch.