Samantha Scherer is fascinated by cataclysmic events and forces beyond human control. The graphite drawings in her most recent series reference aerial photos taken in the aftermath of natural disasters. “Tumbled Trailers 1” comes from an image taken after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
“I’m always struck by how fragile the built environment seems relative to the resilience and determination of the human spirit, so I’ve been exploring that in my drawings,” says Scherer. “Formally, I am really moved by the crumpled, fractured, woven, dented, flattened surfaces in these photos. I loved this image for the way the trailers are almost huddling together for protection. On a side note, I’m pretty sure I’m completely destroying my vision making these drawings.” On view at G. Gibson Gallery through Oct. 8.