Sandra Schnellhaus

Sandra Schnellhaus

About Sandra Schnellhaus

b1978, Australia
An accomplished Sydney based Photomedia artist. Her visual arts practise offering a
distinctly sexual and playful version of fashion, film still and beauty photography.
In her work Schnellhaus is concerned with sexualisation, appropriation, voyeurism,
censorship, pin ups and portraiture.
Schnellhaus incorporates her conceptual concerns to modern themes to produce clever,
entertaining and charged contemporary photography, her styles ranging from the
snapshot aesthetic to the highly stylised.

Paperback is a body of work which recreates sleaze paperback covers from the 1950s and 1960s as photographic stills. Photographs that lead to the illustrious worlds of sleaze, booze and misbehavior typical of under-the-counter smut novels of a counter culture generation.

I have taken my love of collaboration, making stuff, composition and recreated the elaborate tableaux's, salacious titles and the hysterical extremism of depicted gender roles from popular works of low literature

I live to make images. I command the camera to make images that are a careful construction of premeditated imagery, visual vignettes filled with symbols, plots, props and visual puns, as well as real people and events captured to entertain.

My visual arts practise offers a distinctly sexual and playful version of fashion, film still and beauty photography and I have tapped all these genres for creating Paperback.

As an art student I was challenged about my representation of women in my images, so as an artist I wanted to make informed decisions. This shifted lot of my conceptual concerns towards sexualisation, feminism, objectification, appropriation, voyeurism, censorship, pin ups and portraiture.

In my photographs I incorporate my conceptual concerns to modern themes to produce clever, entertaining and charged contemporary photography, my styles ranging from the snapshot aesthetic to the highly stylised.

I began making Paperback in 2009 and have exhibited my artworks in Sydney, Melbourne & New York. I released my first Artists Book in February 2010 under the title Paperback 2010 and it is sold in Brooklyn NY & accompanies the 35 C-type print artworks for exhibition.

Education

FORMAL QUALIFICATIONSBachelor of Fine Arts (Photomedia), College of Fine Arts,University of New South Wales. 2005/2006/2007 Bachelor of Arts, (Asian Studies, Minoring in Visual Arts), University of Southern Queensland. 2003/2004 Certicate in Matriculation (Design), Northern Sydney InstituteTAFE. 1995/1996EXHIBITION RECORD 2010 BibloArt Exhibition, Blarney Books & Art, Port Fairy. Victoria. Australia 2010 Paperback, Pin-up Parlour, Kings Cross. Sydney. Australia 2010 Paperback, Marly Art Society, Newtown. Sydney. Australia 2009 Paperback, blank_space gallery, Surry Hills. Sydney. Australia 2008 Signature of Melbourne, Gala Night Pier 9, Docklands. Melbourne. Australia 2008 Focus on Photography, The Art Traders, Darlinghurst. Sydney. Australia 2007 COFA Annual, College of Fine Arts, Paddington. Sydney. Australia 2006 STOP, College of Fine Arts, Paddington. Sydney. Australia ,