Joan Kaufman creates ethereal images and environments that enthrall while blurring the boundaries between illusion and reality. In Kaufman’s newest body of work, the artist continues her examination of human presence in relation, or in contrast with, the natural world. Kaufman constructs her vignettes in the studio using various lighting techniques, fabric, and lenses to create space and depth, ultimately resulting in artificial, yet familiar environments. Pairing these fictional landscapes with the human body activates a state of flux between physical and psychological space. Kaufman sees these collected works as targeting our collective anxiety, referencing the constant struggle of power and influence in an uncontrollable world.