Dona Geib: Remnants of the Soul

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    Remnants of the Soul


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    18 in x 18 in



Artist Statement:

    One of the delights (rather, the seduction) of working as 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 30 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 an image (my own sculptures, photographs, or prints) with a digital video recorder or digital camera.

    Using digital images seems to be a natural evolution of the method that printmakers have been utilizing for centuries: layering. I take my intaglio prints, ghost prints, and monoprints and transform them by adding or compositing portions of a new digital image to them. These new digital methods are exciting additions 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 unacknowledged. 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. Creation of these new universes is a symbol of my search for time without end or perhaps life to be continued … somewhere else.

Affiliation Where Artwork Was Created:

    California State University, Northridge and California State Polytechnic University, Pomona