The following is an except from a recent L.A. Times article about Demme.
Demme now 47 lives a quiet existence as a fine art portrait photographer. Her days revolve around her utilitarian Atwater Village studio, a cavernous space filled with antique ephemera. Everyday objects from the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries inspire her to create images so hyper-real, they’re often mistaken for oil paintings from some indeterminate past.
“It’s the most vulnerable place you can be,” Demme said of her life as a visual artist. She was traipsing around her studio as she spoke, draped in a vintage men’s jacket, her curly mane covered by a wide-brimmed felt hat she made herself, pausing periodically to dissect one of her images. “I’ve invested my entire world in this work.”
On Saturday, Demme debuts at the Venice gallery Obsolete, showing oversized portraits from her “Work” series. The only sign of her glamorous past are the few celebrity friends who served as subjects, actors Casey Affleck, Ione Skye, Jeanne Tripplehorn and Patricia Arquette among them. She says she doesn’t even know who’s invited to her private opening. “I don’t have anybody’s numbers anymore,” she said.
Here is a link to the full L.A. Times story about Demme:
Obsolete Gallery is located at
222 Main St., Venice, California 90291
The gallery is open daily except Tuesday 11 am to 6 pm, Saturday 12 pm to 5 pm.
By Jim McKinniss