working artists


Anna Ursyn
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technical statement

I draw first. I begin by creating the general composition in the form of an abstract geometric design. Then,for my two-dimensional works, I write programs in Fortran 77 using Cyber then VAX mainframes, Interactive Graphic Library (IGL), then in C++ language. In order to gain composition, I set patterns using repetition of lines, shapes and forms, select color combinations, transform light intensity, apply grid patterns and moiré effects. To attain the unity of an artwork, I take the unique chance, given by the computer memory, to build the space of the work by regrouping its recurrent elements, and to contrast ordered and chaotic relations between lines. Some of these projects are two dimensional, others are written in 3D, depending on the needs of my final composition. Programmed data can be then transferred electronically into a final product. While programming in Fortran 77, I can see only digits on the computer screen. Color slides from the COM recorder or as black-and-white prints are the third level products. Then, I can transfer plots from the Versatec plotter to a photosilkscreen or a photolithograph, to obtain better color coordination and special effects characteristic to these technologies. They are included both into my two-dimensional and three-dimensional works and become the fourth level of my data. Next, photographs, either digital or on 35 mm films are used as the fifth level of data. For the final work, I mix various approaches with painterly markings, so the final composition is juxtaposed according to the initial principles.