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50 Shades of Afro
Maariv daily newspaper | written by Dana Eshel | March 28, 2018

Anne Schlachter paints with oil on canvas. She paints portraits of African women with stains of color. Mostly blue. Why African women? And why does the hot desert get cold tones? Anne has a story and it’s fascinating. The artist who waves the brush and creates a rainbow of gray tones is actually color blind.

How does visual impairment affect your work?
The nature of my paintings is based on the fact that I am color blind. I see shades quite well, so my light and shadow work interests people who see well. Sometimes I use unnatural colors for an object, as I use black and white because I do not distinguish between shades of colors and shades of gray. At the moment my paintings are very realistic, at least for me they are, and relatively graphically perfect. This is because from a distance, I do not see details like wrinkles or spots and that's how I want to present it.
I paint with photographs, and to get to such precision I work very close to canvas and the picture itself.

 

And why do you draw African women?
As part of my husband's job, we traveled in 2014 for a three-year mission in South Africa. There I was exposed to the culture of the locals, to their different looks, to the different life they live. That fascinated me, and since it was almost impossible to get a work visa in South Africa, so I couldn’t work. After a year in which I was a full-time mother, I decided to return to my first love which was painting. I painted in the studio of a British artist living in South Africa and he guided me. My first portrait painting was of the pregnant woman. Since then I have been researching the subject of portraits. When I started painting, I decided I wanted to talk about my disability through the paintings.
As for my choice to focus on African women, they simply were very interesting to me. Their appearance is powerful and very feminine.

 

Anne's way to art was full of detours and deviations from the route. At an early age, she already knew how to be attentive to her inner voice and studied art in high school.

Then she moved to New York City. She studied economics at Baruch College and seemed to be rethinking her goals.Three years later, when she met her future husband, Anne returned to Israel and continued her studies at Ben Gurion University in the Negev. Then she decided to go safe and worked at a high-tech company in Tel Aviv, where she managed the company's budget.

Then another twist was created in the plot, and the two moved to a kibbutz in the north. "I grew up as a child in a village and my partner is a nature lover, so it was clear to us that we would live in a kibbutz or a village," she says. "Living in a rural area is not easy for me because I can not drive. I am happy about this decision even though I am limited in terms of mobility and employment. I am active in the community and appreciate that I can be involved in shaping the place I live in. "
 

You can also read more about her and see her paintings on her website:

www.mycolorfulgrays.com and her Facebook page under the name: My Colorful Grays

So what is color blindness? What does it mean?

I am visually impaired. I have a rare genetic syndrome called Achromatopsia that causes me to be very sensitive to light, my vision is poor and I am fully color blind.

I've never seen what color looks like. It is not that I saw, and became blind, and now I recall from memory. I did not experience the effect that colors have on us and on our mood. I have not experienced what the green color transmits, or what red color can trigger.

 
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