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Dona Geib

California State University California, USA
djgeib@earthlink.net
Remnants of the Soul
18" x 18"

Artist Statement: One of the delights - rather the seduction - of working an artist in the 21st century is using digital technologies (that continue to become more sophisticated). I think, no I know, that I am participating in an authentic revolution. Before the revolution, I received my Master of Arts in experimental printmaking, specializing in 3D intaglio prints, photography, and very early computer graphics. Since 1983 I have been working with the computer and creating digital art.

The basis of my work is in using combinations and permutations of 'throw-away' corrugated cardboard boxes and their inner divider elements. Now, however, instead of drawing the image on a zinc plate, I am utilizing electronic techniques to scan in an image (my own sculptures, photographs or prints) using a digital video recorder or digital camera.

Using digital images seem to be a natural evolution of the methods that printmakers have been utilizing for centuries - layering. I take my intaglio prints, ghost prints and monoprints and then transform them by adding or compositing portions of a new digital image to them. These new digital methods are an exciting addition to the print vocabulary. I can print on a canvas, hand-made paper, transparent media, silk, metal and then I can transfer images through a heat method ---- on and on and on. I end up with paintings on canvas or handmade paper using large format printers. To these new creations, I add handwork of encaustic, gold leaf and metal

I admit that there seems to be a little cognitive dissonance (and I like that dissonance) in my use of high tech software and hardware to depict urban detritus -- the 'throw-aways', the 'quickly disposable' - and the 'tacky'. In my hands, the digitally assisted and reworked images of corrugated cardboard boxes, dividers and crates become an illusion to another world or universe. I am inventing a new world, new landmarks to point to the familiar but un-acknowledged. I give visual clues of a dilapidated apartment house, the slums along the border, or the foretelling of a 'blade runner' future for Los Angeles in the 22nd century. I depict alternative universes. The creation of these new universes is a symbol of my search for time without end or perhaps life to be continued --------- somewhere else.
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18" x 18"

Into the Tunnel
18" x 18"

St. Patrick's Doors
18" x 18"