Based in NYC, Sylvia Schwartz works with fabric, paper, plaster, resin and photography. Schwartz has worked extensively at Dieu Donne Papermill; casting primarily with molds made directly from findings on the beach. With nature as a starting point, Schwartz’s work transforms something that is no longer living into the present moment. Schwartz received a degree in fine art from the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne, Australia, and later studied sculpture at Columbia University. Her work has been seen in group exhibitions in Manhattan, New Jersey, and Brooklyn, including BWAC, Nurture Art, ODETTA, Lesley Heller Gallery and the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey. Her work was featured in the book Attachments by Anne Marie Dannenberg.
"Paper is an exciting medium for me allowing me to sculpt, draw and paint simultaneously. I start with the liquid pulp, layering sheets into molds. I add handfuls of pigmented pulp so that the color becomes part of the structure. The flow of the pulp (a natural phenomenon in itself) meshes with the forms to join the natural and human elements. I feel like a conductor helping the pulp diverge and converge under the constraints provided by the mold. When the molds are removed from the sheets, they leave evidence of form, time, transformation, rebirth and decay."
2019 "Found Object" ODETTA, Brooklyn, NY.
2018 "Civil Discourse" Kibbee Gallery, Atlanta, GA. Curator: Jaynie Crimmins
2018 "Allow Me To Reintroduce Myself" Cigar Factory, Long Island City, NY. Curated by Local Project and Ground Floor Gallery
2018 "Introductions 2018" Trestle Gallery, Brooklyn, NY. Curator: Enrico Gomez
2018 "Line Of Vision" In-Case Art Projects, Brooklyn, NY. Curators: Jaynie Crimmins and Etty Yaniv
2017 "Yellow Chair Holiday Extravaganza" David & Schweitzer Contemporary, Brooklyn, NY.
2017 "Reconstruct," Selena Gallery, LIU Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY.
2016 “Bauhaus Babies,” ODETTA, Brooklyn, NY.
2016 “Reclaimed,” Visual Arts Gallery, New Jersey City University, NJ.
2015/16 “The Big Small Show,” Victory Hall Drawing Rooms, Jersey City, NJ.
2015 “Annual Benefit Exhibition,” Dieu Donné, New York.
2015 “SELECT Art Fair,” Center 548 - Chelsea, New York, NY. Represented by: ODETTA.
2015 “Making History,” Storefront Ten Eyck Gallery, Arts in Bushwick 2015 BENEFIT Exhibition, Brooklyn, NY.
2015 “Volume 1,” Schema Projects, Brooklyn, NY. Curators: Mary Judge, Enrico Gomez.
2015 “Paper Constructions,” Victory Hall Drawing Rooms, Jersey City, NJ. Curator: Anne Trauben.
2014/15 “The Big Small Painting Show,” Victory Hall Drawing Rooms, Jersey City, NJ.
2014 “Over the Edge: Paperworks Unbound,” WAH Center, Brooklyn, NY. Winner, Juror’s Choice award, selected by Claire Gilman.
2014 “Annual Benefit Exhibition,” Dieu Donné & Robert Miller Gallery, New York.
2014 “Eden,” ODETTA, Brooklyn, NY.
2014 “Paper Cuts,” Gallery Gaia, Brooklyn, NY.
2012 “Annual Benefit Exhibition,” Dieu Donné, New York.
2012 “Wide Open 3,” Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition. Curator: Charlotta Kotik. Winner, People’s Choice award.
2012 “Viewpoints 2012,” Studio Montclair, Montclair, NJ. Curator: Alexandra Schwartz.
2011/12 “Small Works Traveling Exhibition,” City Without Walls, Newark, NJ.
2011 “Repetition, Repetition, Repetition,” Gallery 117, Eastern New Mexico University, Roswell, NM.
2006/07 “Emerging Sculptors,” Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit, NJ.
2006 “Winter Salon,” Lesley Heller Gallery, New York, NY.
2006 “Please Open the Door,” NURTUREart, Brooklyn, NY.
2005 “Benefit Exhibition,” NURTUREart, Brooklyn, NY.
2003 “Celestial,” Work Space Gallery, New York, NY. Curator: Lesley Heller.
2002 “Manifestations of Longings - Milk River.” Meru Art, Brooklyn, NY.
1998 “Fire and Ice, Nature and Technology.” Attleboro Museum, Attleboro, MA.
1994 Solo Sculpture Exhibition, Columbia University, New York, NY.
1992 – 1994 Columbia University, New York. School of Visual Arts, sculpture.
1986 – 1988 Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting), Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne, Australia.
1985 – 1986 Victorian College of the Arts, School of Music, Melbourne, Australia.
2006 Anne-Marie Cottenet Dannenberg, “The Aluminum Shell,” in “Attachments,” ISBN 952-5490-10-6, Aava Books Publishing Company.
2006 Ralph Bellantoni, “Visual Art Center of NJ in Summit Features Work of Promising New Artists.” The Courier News, December 14.
1998 Janette Sears, “Exhibit Fuses Technology, Nature.” The Attleboro Sun Chronicle, December 20.