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Phyllis Schwartz


Phyllis Schwartz is a multi-disciplinary artist and curator who works in photography, ceramics and publishing. She is an Emily Carr University of Art + Design graduate with a concentration in photography and the recipient of the Canon Photography Award. Her photography has been installed, exhibited and published locally, across Canada and internationally; her works are in corporate, public and private collections. These collections include the Farmboy Collection at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia and St. Paul’s Hospital Art Collection. Recent exhibitions include Telling Stories: a visual art exhibition (On-Tak Cheung Gallery/Chinese Cultural Centre Vancouver), Illuminations and Impressions (die Bedürfnisanstalt, Hamburg Germany), Cascadia (Surrey Art Gallery, Honourable Mention), and In Camera: the working dancer (Mezzanine Gallery, Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver). Schwartz is one of the few contemporary artists making artwork using the lumen print process. These unique hybrid prints are made by a contact-printing process that leaves traces and shadows on photosensitive surfaces that are digitized. Plant enzymes and atmospheric conditions also interact with the surface to produce unexpected and results on photosensitive paper or sheet film, leaving X-ray like marks of both their shapes and interiors. These impressions of organic forms hover on the cusp of abstract imagery and poetry.