Maria Schneider explores layers of perception and how these layers affect our view of the world. She views the creative process as a layering. Each layer brings something new and unexpected. Schneider merges classical traditions- pencil drawing, and painting – and new technologies – laser printing, LED lighting - to draw familiar images intertwined with conceptual references. She plays with the interaction of art, technology and human perception.
In her current body of work - Invisible Cities - Schneider uses digital manipulation, laser engraving and LED lighting to create simple urban narratives from architectural views that reflect the contrasting realities of cities. She uses current and old imagery bringing to the present the history of what is invisible. She draws from the work of the greatest architects, iconic buildings, from the forgotten neighborhoods and the religious buildings. Schneider digitally manipulates these architectural views to transform them into urban environments to create mystified urban landscapes.