Janine Stern’s disciplined and intense works evoke an atmosphere of mystery, emptiness and isolation. Abandoned gas pumps, cafes, factories and hotels recall a past that is long-since forgotten. Stern says, “I am drawn to what is left-over in life. I guess this resonates in my work.” Stern’s painstaking attention to detail plays an important role in her explorations of texture, light and shape. She uses a grid system and works directly from photographs, sometimes applying fifteen layers of pencil and forty different colors. Her precise rendering of now-obsolete relics raises interesting questions about the durability of human structures.