Exquisitely precise interiors become ciphers for consciousness and psychological renderings of space capturing the perception of rooms. Scherer creates paintings of fictional interiors that are dream-like windows into the past. Each painting departs from its original sources of inspiration to become imaginary spaces of possibility—much like the capriccios of 18th century Italian art. The artist bases her works on collages composed of different images she finds in old history of interior books. This creates tension within the work and the resulting painting is fragmented while at the same time appearing to all fit together. It relates to spolia, the re-use of artifacts and materials to create works of architecture and art. Rooms are linked together in curious ways; stairs, halls and doorways go on endlessly as if in a dream where one cannot find an exit.
Scherer’s paintings are about the blending of interior spaces that exist, either in the past or in our minds.
"Gretchen Scherer's small paintings of exquisite interiors remind us of Jane Irish and are pretty delightful; Scherer shares Irish’s joy in the depiction of fancy interiors and has a similarly lush palette, but there is something more ominous in those empty rooms, a clearly felt absence." - Gabriella Vainsencher (ARTFCITY September 2013)