Sally Apfelbaum is a photographer and mixed media artist whose work is represented in collections internationally.
As a photographer, she works with a large format wood field camera, principally using natural light, often working outdoors, making portraits and abstract landscape images. Sally received the Giverny Grant, and her work was included in the exhibit, ‘Contemporary Photography and The Garden: Deceits and Fantasies’, organized by the American Federation of the Arts, which toured museums nationally, and included the work of Sally Mann, Marc Quin, Gregory Crewdson and others.
Sally has received several major public art commissions, including a Percent for Art Commission from The General Services Administration, Wash. D.C.; and commissions from The Metropolitan Transit Authority, NYC, and Metro, St. Louis, MO. In St. Louis, she also participated as a Design Team Member for a 10 mile, 10 station commuter rail line. This collaboration involved station siting and design, landscape design, community relations, urban planning, and creation of a public art master plan.
She has designed and/or created work in wood, metal, and marble. This summer, she was commissioned to modify one of her folly* designs to make a tool shed for a community garden in New York City.
Currently, she is working on a project photographing all the artists in the world, inspired by conceptual artist Douglas Heubler and photographer August Sander, taking place in New York City. She is also working on design paintings for a series entitled, 'Jewelry for Buildings'.
*Follies – buildings or fragments of buildings, originally constructed on English estates beginning in the 16th Century. They were intended to provide shelter, and to act as architectural accents or points of interest in a landscape.
The Photograms are unique, camera-less images, made using sunlight and Printing Out Paper (a type of light sensitive photographic paper). I used found objects or ordinary, familiar objects - pie tins, coffee filter baskets, rug beaters, car parts, etc. - to create these images.