We live in a cinematic world; our eyes and brains
are keyed to moving images, changing environments, and an ongoing
stream of visual input. I create mixed media work that incorporates
digitally generated imagery with traditional methods of drawing,
painting and printmaking. Inspired by recent scientific inquiry
in the fields of physics and astronomy, my work explores the relationship
between form and content.
I have focused on pursuing these relationships as
a visual artist, using color, weight, gravity and implied motion
to engage the viewers perceptions of space. Technology,
as a means of artistic expression, is a language we have developed
over the past 20 years. Using digital tools I have been able to
incorporate actual elements of light, scale, and time into the
conversation to create and manipulate still images and to animate,
alter, and create new hybrids and composite versions. Combining
photographic images and drawn or printed images in way that uses
the strengths of each, altering the scale of the images to best
effect allows me to orchestrate a more compelling encounter for
the viewer and to take a conceptual and creative leap in my work.
Technology as a means of artistic expression has its own aesthetic
qualities. It is a fascinating challenge to integrate it with
traditional techniques in a way that has the potential to strengthen
both and that serves the art.
In keeping with traditional printmaking concepts
these pieces are composed using layers of images, each with their
individual qualities and possibilities. Layers are created using
drawing, painting, relief printmaking, and photography. And just
as in traditional print art practice, the image layers can be
changed at any point in the process. Each digital image file functions
exactly as a plate or woodblock might. One great advantage to
working with digital plates is that you can change
the scale or color or texture with the click of a button.
I use a variety of source imagery to create the
foundation for my work, including topographical maps, photos documenting
light phenomena and mathematical configurations and patterns.
I add drawings, paintings and photos as single elements
or as sequences to these underlying images to create environments
where visual expansions and permutations can occur as the viewer
spends time with the piece.
My current work is inspired by my interest in neuroscience.
I incorporate actual imagery taken from various forms of brain
imaging and combine them with my own imagined forms.