Sylvia Schwartz

Exhibition “2021”

Sylvia Schwartz works with fabric, paint, paper, resin, and weaving. Schwartz has worked extensively at Dieu Donne Papermill, primarily casting with molds made directly from findings on the beach. Her work focuses on themes of movement and stillness, incorporating textiles, found objects, and forms from nature washed up on the shore.

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 shown in exhibitions in Manhattan, New Jersey, and Brooklyn, including BWAC, Nurture Art, ODETTA, Lesley Heller Gallery and the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey. She lives and works in New York City.


Textiles have influenced my work, from fabric to monoprints to painting to 3-dimentional assemblages. In many of my materials, the empty page or base is visible right through the piece. This transparency is important to me so that the viewer can trace and build their own story within the layers. I start with a recognizable pattern that could be repeated on a dress. It is through the disruption of the repeated pattern that the work emerges.

Colors hold their own personality when combined with form. Colors are mirrors inviting an endless projection of feeling. A color seems to be identified first with an emotion before the gesture or form augments it in space. I am moved by how a line can alternate between being just a line suggesting a boundary, and being a substance or a mass. This fluidity resonates with our own shifting experience of self, while bringing endless movement and possibility to the piece.

Textiles have always been significant to the communication of identity for both the individual and the collective. They mark the passage of life cycle and community cycle events, worked into ceremonies involving birth, marriage and death. Nations employ textiles as a representational tool of unity, from uniforms to regional flags. In addition to signaling membership within organizations, textiles permit individuals to distinguish themselves, break boundaries and experiment with alternate identities.


Year: 2020

Materials: Watercolor monotype with acrylic on Arches paper

Size: 15 x 11.5 inches


Year: 2020

Materials: Watercolor monotype with acrylic on Fabriano paper

Size: 19.5 x 14.5 inches

Exhibition “2021 “

As a celebration that 2020 has ended and that a new year is here, FLATFILE has launched a new online program title, simply: “2021.”

We invited artists to participate through a rolling open call, which remains open for the entirety of this year. From these submissions, our jury panel carefully selects new works to present on FLATFILE, with new works added throughout all of 2021.

The price of each artwork is a flat $2,021,

a discounted price from the actual value of each work, offered here, exclusively.