Babette Herschberger, ‘Collage Painting # 63’, 2016, FRED.GIAMPIETRO Gallery
Babette Herschberger, ‘Collage Painting # 63’, 2016, FRED.GIAMPIETRO Gallery

I'm particularly inspired by expansive landscapes that offer a stark contrast of natural elements and manmade objects like signs, billboards, and architecture. These layers of humanity impose themselves on their natural surroundings in an intriguing way, eliciting a moment of pause and delight. Upon closer examination, their unnatural interruptions and sublime juxtapositions evoke my sense of nostalgia. (Perhaps I'm subconsciously searching for a reminder of my rural upbringing?) The foundation of my current work begins with a very considered paper collage, which ultimately acts as a drawing within the completed piece. These emerging drawings initiate the back-and-forth conversations I have with the work which is resolved by purposefully minimizing composition and emphasizing color and surface. My works intend to suggest structures, objects, and landscapes; they're essentially a recreation of the visual compositions that I encounter in my daily life.