Mar 8, 2006

Digital masters

New technology is changing the way artists work, but not everybody approves.

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald
Written by Benjamin Preiss

SAMANTHA EVERTON may be an award-winning artist but her work sometimes struggles for acceptance in art circles. It’s not her images that are controversial, but rather her tools. For Everton, a Mac G5 computer, Photoshop software and a camera are as important as any painter’s brush and paint.

Paint, clay and earthy media have traditionally dominated when it comes to making art, but digital technology is fast infiltrating the art world. Tech-savvy artists are incorporating media such as sound and moving images into their work.

Annie Wilson began experimenting with video cameras as an art student in the 1970s, combining her passion for film and the moving image with traditional art. A decade later the media artist returned to university to study what she calls the “analog” forms of painting and sculpture. However, her self-confessed obsession with electronics soon saw her investigating the world of digital technology instead, and embracing it in her art work.”

When I came into art school – this time as a mature-age student – I went into painting,” she says.”

By second year I was working with the moving image.”

Like many other artists, Wilson found that digital technology opened new possibilities for creating and manipulating images in ways that were previously undreamt of, and says it allows her to express her fascination with human movement and dance.

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