Each mark in this artwork is one of my own fingerprints.
I began my art career in the field of graphics, which is where I had my first introduction to computers. Eventually, I was working at a high-tech firm producing visual concepts and illustrations on a computer. I remember feeling frustrated that I couldn’t touch any of the work I was making.
This tactile frustration led me back to working with clay, something that gave me direction and meaning in my youth. Before long, ceramics dominated my life again, and I left the high-tech world to carve out a profession as a ceramic artist. I enjoyed great success with my hand-built ceramics which were featured in books and magazines, as well as galleries and art shows. I also enjoyed delivering lectures and workshops across the country featuring my innovative making and firing techniques.
After 9/11 I needed to reset my compass, so I returned to school where I learned just how much I need to make art, no matter what media. After graduation I found myself without a studio, so explored ways to create without one. I started with the camera, only to discover that nearly everyone else had the same idea. Then I returned to the computer as creative outlet, and I was ready to explore the possibilities.
In school I had begun an exploration of gesture. A gesture is an expressive mark derived from an impulse and captured with media, such as ink on paper. Part of my exploration included making gestures in sand, then photographing the result. When it came to the computer however, I was stymied. Using a mouse or stylus to make marks or gestures wasn't satisfying in any way: the act was laborious, mechanical, focused on thinking instead of responding, and the result didn't seem connected to my original impulse. So one rainy day I used the scanner instead of going to the beach. The result this time was satisfying and provided plenty of expressive handmade shapes that I could manipulate in the computer.
The computer, this time, is just a tool, not an interference.