anke schofield was born in ithaca, new york, 1972 and was apprenticed as a professional photographer assistant when she was still in the 8th grade. her father introduced her to the wonders of the camera early in life. anke took to the form readily and with enthusiasm. during high school anke apprenticed with a number of artists in the new york area and eventually won a scholarship to the savannah college of art and design, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in fine art. throughout this period she pursued her studies of color theory and painting, continuing to find in these endeavors greater creative stimulus and inspiration than she had known in her photographic work.
anke’s successful large-scale works feature fantastical dream-like images created through complex layering. piqueing the imagination, anke’s whimsical imagery of animate and inanimate objects integrated in unexpected ways is a sophisticated combination of photography, collage, oil paint, acrylic paint, wax, and sometimes even tar. the surreal juxtaposition of images is reinforced by the eclectic use of media. anke finishes her works with a smooth, shiny veneer of epoxy resins, creating the dreamlike “trance” by further separating image from reality and distancing the viewer from the textural physicality of the imagery.