Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Artist Statement First version

I consider my work to be conceptual in the issue of what is reality and fiction. We all accept that it’s normal for people to go to work, for firefighters to save lives, and that anything beyond the normal society can only exist in video games or movies. But what if their reality was mixed our everyday lives and fiction became real. How would we react if what we knew to be impossible became possible? In one of my artworks (a 3 part series), I explored just that after choosing particular things from particular categories like a decade, person, place, or thing.

With the use of digital media, it is easy to create an environment with the use of a Hollywood background and use a plethora of different techniques to create the world as it could be. With all the advances in what the computer can do for us, I have been able to use photos, like one of Marilyn Monroe, use techniques like shadow creation and brightness/darkness to make her look like she works with the area she’s in. The digital Interface of the keyboard and mouse allow me to be able to shape and mold anything like a photo of someone into another photo and make it look like that person or thing was there (ex. The ghost of JFK on the Hollywood Walk of Fame). I use these methods such as burn, fade, change in opacity, and many others to test my abilities, both conceptually and practically, so that my art can reflect the possibilities of what I can do.

1 comment:

irene said...

I think it's very common nowadays to "shop" images in today's world, whether if it's for art, magazines, pranks, etc. People are used to seeing bizarre images and doubting their legitimacy. How do you plan on using these images to affect the viewer, who is used to the world of altered images? Perhaps you can make a statement on how these types of images are so commonplace now.

I think you should explain your motive and intentions a bit more. Do you want the images to look realistic and believable, or do you want it to be obvious that your image was shopped? Also, how do you WANT the viewer to react?