visual arts

Recent Visual Arts grad receives Fulbright

Caetlynn BoothRecent Visual Arts MFA grad Caetlynn Booth is living in Berlin as a Fulbright Scholar, studying the paintings of German artist Adam Elsheimer (1578-1610) while completing a series of her own paintings inspired by his work. 

Booth says she only learned about Elsheimer’s work last year. Elsheimer’s career was brief; he is perhaps best known for his dramatic nocturnal landscapes. When Booth spotted an Elsheimer painting on the cover of an art catalog, she was hooked.

“You know when you have an ‘aha’ moment?” she says. “That’s what happened when I saw this painting.”

Booth seems most attracted to the element of surprise in Elsheimer’s work.

The subject matter of many of his paintings—The Flight into Egypt or The Exaltation of the Cross, for instance—was well-worn territory among European artists of that time period. But Booth says Elsheimer doesn’t merely illustrate a familiar story; he is unusual because he “introduces new information to a story people already thought they knew,” painting astronomically correct skies and representing different moments in the narrative simultaneously, something the 16th-century viewer might not have anticipated.  Caetlynn Booth's "Deck Sunrise"

Booth says she regards Elsheimer as a “kindred spirit.” While in Germany, she says she hopes to invest her urban landscapes—many of her recent paintings depict night scenes of bridges, lighting and parking decks in New Brunswick—with the “spiritual essence” she detects in Elsheimer’s work.

The idea is to offer the viewer “something that isn’t what you expect,” she says. “I’m expecting the unexpected.”

View Booth’s work on her website; follow her progress in Berlin on her blog.

Above: Caetlynn Booth's Parking Sunrises, 2010, 45" x 92".