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In moving back and forth in front of a digital portrait different details come into focus creating a dynamically shifting image.


A Portrait of Vlada Petric: After Ingrès, 2000

Vlada Petric’s personality(film maker, actor and founder of the Harvard Film Archives) conjured up Jean-Auguste-Dominique-Ingres’ portrait of Louis Bertin. The full size ink jet print is 38” X 28” and was printed and exhibited in June 2001 at the Digital Media Center for the Arts at Yale University where I was an Associate Artist until July 1, 2001. This work has also been exhibited at SIGGRAPH 2003 in San Diego.

"A Portrait of Vlada Petric (after Ingres)" was included in the exhibition "Ingres et les Modernes" at MUSEE INGRES in Montauban, France in 2009. This exhibition featured the work of artists inspired by work of Jean Dominique Ingres including Seurat, Matisse, Dali, Cindy Sherman and the Guerilla Girls . The exhibition was curated by Jean-Pierre Cuzon, Director of the Department of Painting at the Louvre (1973-2003) along with his colleague Dimitri Salmon


With a background in drawing, painting and printmaking, I’ve retained an interest in the human figure through a series of portraits completed over the years.


Cynthia & Richard: After the Fall, 1988

In the early eighties I began to experiment with using computer graphics paint systems to directly “frame grab” a subject. Limits in resolution led me digitally collage and juxtapose multiple points of view together to achieve greater detail. This strategy is not unlike analytical cubism of Picasso and Braque as well as the Polaroid collage portraits by David Hockney.

In my earlier digital prints I varied the pixel resolution to create an artificial depth of field that mimics the discrete movements of the eye called saccades. The eye foveates or fixates on regions of high-resolution detail and performs a dance of perception. Not only our eyes move but also our entire bodies. We interactively look at parts and wholes of an image at different distances.