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St. Louis, Missouri,
Ink and Pen
As a printmaker brought up in the digital age of the last twenty years, I am torn over two artistic desires: wanting to cling to old printmaking traditions to preserve dated but rich art styles while also inspired to find new ways to express my vision with newer technologies. With that said, I am fascinated with the relationships between medium and process and their impact on the piece.
With polarizing tastes for the technical tightness of digital design and the rawness of handcrafted art, my style of pattern-making reflects a relationship between the flawless craft of a modern machine and the forgiving touch of the human hand. As our world has the potential to evolve into an all-digital reality, we must decide how tightly to hold onto our tradition of the handmade.
This work is an example of such digital pattern experiments. To better understand the relationship between handmade and digital art, this work was created twice – once using a computer program and the other by hand as shown here. Even though both images were started at the same time, the digital version was completed in a few hours while the handmade version was completed in a few weeks.