b. 1982, Kamploos, Canada. Lives and works in New York, USA
Aurel Schmidt uses her virtuoso draughtsmanship to depict subjects outside the classical cannon, such as make-up, cigarettes and the detritus of a life well partied. Her work embodies her motto: 'Never be afraid to be yourself.' She also plays with the material properties of paper by burning holes to stand in for eyes and mouths of faces that echo emoticons. There is a poignant sexuality to many of her works, notably in the series depicting various fruits and vegetables shrouded in condoms, with melancholy titles such as Nights and Weekends (2009), suggesting solitary sexual adventures.