In her lens-based practice, Centa Schumacher uses abstraction and luminance to explore ideas of consciousness and the indefinite. Uninterested in what the camera can do as a factual recording device, Schumacher works with a lens assembled from vintage camera elements, creating a unique tool that distorts light and perspective. The resulting images become a portal between natural phenomena and the unseen world.
Schumacher has shown her work in experimental environments including Aggregate Space in Oakland, CA and Root Division in San Francisco, CA, and has been an artist in residence at the Vermont Studio Center (Johnson, VT), Kala Art Institute (Berkeley, CA), and the Art Ark Gallery (San Jose, CA). Her work has been published in the literary magazines Witchcraft and Art Kit. She received her MFA from San Francisco State University and is currently based out of Pittsburgh, PA, where she is the co-director of Phosphor Project Space, an exhibition space focused on emerging artists.