One of Canada’s most respected artists, Angela Grauerholz was born in Germany and has lived in Montréal since 1976. Known for her production of dense, dreamlike black and white photographs, Grauerholz has recently begun to explore the use of colour and of alternate methods of photographic production.
Privation is a series of Giclée prints, digitally outputted colour images on Arches watercolour paper. In Grauerholz’ words, the “project developed out of an event that my husband and I experienced two years ago when, as a consequence of a fire in our home, we lost almost our entire library representing some twenty-five years of collecting. The physical evidence of the loss, the remnants of books rendered unusable [safely stored with a company and now in my possession] have come to embody for me privation made visible.”
Grauerholz produced the images by laying the front and back covers of the damaged books directly onto the bed of a flatbed scanner, in effect using the digital instrument as a camera. The results are highly detailed images whose eerie sculptural depth monumentalize and memorialize the destruction of a lifetime’s collection.