Signs of Intelligent Life
36" x 56" ea.
Artist Statement: I currently make art all the time, obsessively and happily and at the core of my being, I am compelled to
create art. Regardless of the media I am using, the goals are always the same. I endeavor to create art
that will go beyond surface representation to get to the spirit of the idea.
Although the inspiration for the images is often photographic in origin, the resulting art is mixed-media
work which ultimately comes from the synthesis of new digital technology tools with traditional ones such
as photography or etching and drawing. I often call this <> art.
Working with the computer and its associated sophisticated technologies has enabled and empowered
me to explore myriad new ideas and to play, risk and experiment more with them. As all media interact
and collaborate with the artist I find the serendipitous dialogue and the rich possibilities inspiring.
The deep satisfactions that I get from being the agent of the transformative process-- making somethin'
new out of somethin' else-- lured me into recent explorations in which I have collected colored and black
and white newspaper photographs and then digitally collaged fragments taken from them.
In the four images submitted I used the computer to reassemble and abstract the photos so that they
emerged beyond recognition and so that the black and colored halftone dots of which they are composed
became my <> and elemental structural material. I fabricated new images from those
components by layering, stretching, re-configuring and re-coloring them. The source images are
subsumed but remain as an armature for the newer abstracted ones which emerge.
I wanted to go beyond the surface representation of the <> that I started with and I worked to
get to the essence or the deeper defining aspects of the images. I used Altamira's Genuine Fractals
software to take litle bits of information and turn them into much larger re-sized images and the software
changed not only the dimensions but opened up and expanded previously almost unseen particles and
pieces. Seeing those fragments enlarged my ideas about the original experience-- which are already
pre-filtered through the lens of of a camera-- and let me move in unexpected and unrestricted directions.
That itself brought me closer to visually representing the feelings I have about the fragmentation of our
experiences and the shifting patterns of our lives.