Amy Adler explores the interplay between photography and drawing, in a multilayered process that entails photographing drawings made based on original photographs of herself, celebrities, and ordinary people. In destroying the original photograph and the drawing, Adler gives herself freedom to reconstruct identity through multiple layers of mediation, and the finished product becomes a unique work. In 2001 she photographed Leonardo DiCaprio in her apartment, resulting in a series that has been described as informal and spontaneous. Since 2006, Adler has eliminated the final photographic step from her practice, but continues to produce photo-based, pastel-on-canvas psychological portraits. “She doesn’t critique the dynamic of role models so much as demonstrate...how popular fantasies about other lifestyles and experiences may offer keys to individual identity,” wrote one critic.