Edie Nadelhaft

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The PasseNger Times ø photography & art

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My current paintings depict fragments of the surface of the ocean rendered in a limited palette composed of indigo extra, cadmium red, and white. The imagery comes from my own digital photographs, which capture a level of detail or moment in time that is not accessible through casual observation. The focus is explicitly on the physical aspects of the water, hence the neutral color. To this end, I am exploring the expressive capacity of a palette that, despite its austerity, yields a complex and subtle tonal range. In these works as in my earlier paintings, I use the camera and digital editing to identify and isolate “events” or phrases within the larger world that are at once intimate and universal, timeless and ephemeral. The perspective ranges from close to extreme close-up, sometimes resulting in a composition that blurs the boundary between abstraction and representation. This tight cropping results in…

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