Appropriating elements of late 19th and early 20th century cabinet cards, a style of photography used for portraiture which was most popular in the 1880s, Gartner mixes photographic history and records with her own imagined fantasies to create eerie representations of an other-worldly environment. Gartner says this is the process of recalling “fictional memories” of the viewer. Her subjects often hold a direct and confrontational stare resulting in them being haunting yet intriguing.
Gartner currently lives and works both in Canada and Europe.
—Courtesy of Waddington's
Signature: Signed, titled and dated 1998 on the overflap
Private Collection, Toronto
Barbara Edwards Contemporary, Toronto