Laura Chasman

Gallery Affiliations: Gallery Kayafas

Region: Northeast

For more than forty years I have been studying people, looking closely at their faces and what they reveal. Perhaps that’s why I found myself bemused when visiting Chelsea art galleries, where my encounters were no longer face to face. Within these places, high-walled reception areas along with computer screens block from view the faces of those working. All one generally can see is the top of a head punctuating the uppermost edge of these barriers. I have seen this new social landscape in other workplaces as well. These experiences inspired me to make a series of paintings based on photographs I took of these barely visible people.