Q: What is your favorite part of working with photocopiers?
A: The immediacy. In less than a minute I can see if an idea is worth pursuing.
Q: How has using a photocopier to produce art made your creative process easier?
A: I can explore my vision in a variety of ways because of the copiers versatility and directness.
Q: Do you have a favorite work of photocopier art that you have created?
A: No, As an artist, i'm always hoping that the next piece will be greater. I'm always amazed when I work. The outcome is a constant surprise...i'd never get anywhere without my tools. I cherish my Canon imagePROGRAF 6400 and my Canon CLC 900.
Q: Where do you see the future of art?
A: The future of art is unlimited. Western art has a built-in tradition of respect for innovation and exploration.
Q: Do you miss (traditional) painting?
A: I don’t miss painting, because I still draw almost daily. Mainly because I am painting within the broadest terms of my tradition; taking what’s come before to another dimension by creating my own “paintbrush and paints” using the copier.
Lesley Schiff’s artwork does have a painterly quality. Using real objects, deliberate lighting, and some small movements during the copying process, Schiff adds unconventional flares, distortions and highlights that give her work an exciting visual appeal.