"Since the 1950s, we in the western world have increasingly come to understand our most intimate desires and experiences as the products of a so-called ‘chemical self’. We can explain moods, angers and diseases both physiological and psychological as an imbalance of substances in the body.
All of this, of course, takes place against the backdrop of a constantly shifting legal and political climate regarding the regulation of different types of mood-altering substances.
What do all these substances actually look like when their essence is visually depicted?
Schönfeld squeezed drops of various legal and illegal liquid drug mixtures onto negative film which had already been exposed. Each drop altered the coating of the film.
Much like the effect of some of these substances on humans, this can be a lengthy process – sometimes one that can barely be stopped.
She then enlarged these negatives including the chemical reaction of the particular drug, to sizes of up to 160 x 200cm.”