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Ruth Fleishman


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artist statement

I make interactive works on CDROM, but work in a manner that uses more traditional mixed media materials. These works are then digitalized and collaborated (combined) with imagery made on computer. Software is exploited for its specific aesthetic and visually unique qualities.

The concerns and themes of my current work include:
* An emphasis on the aesthetics and specific visual capacities that digital imagery allows when engaged with more traditional art forms.
* A use of technology as a tool that is secondary to the ideas and content of the work, as opposed to focusing on the capacities of the newest technology.
* Non Linear environments and the vast capacity for art to occur in time based and non linear structures.
* Blurring lines between art and design, narrative and non-narrative environments.
* Creating very lush visual environments, specific to digital conditions.

My CDROM !OINK was an exploration of the process required to deconstruct a book into multimedia. My aim was to make the most of the non-linear environment that interactive work facilitate and at the same time honor the spirit and attitude of the novel. It was an opportunity to adapt a developed aesthetic to a writer's vision.