Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Vision To Visuals: A Moveable Feast
Painter Nicole Etienne experiments with photography and printing
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With brilliant application of photography and painting to express her imagination, Etienne is very simply a genre-agnostic storyteller for whom photography becomes "the first step of the story, a hazy memory or space for an event to occur."
I've been in the visual graphics industry long enough to have seen artists push the boundaries of photography beyond realism into the illusionary—from manual airbrushing to Photoshop, artists have found inventive ways of expanding imagery beyond the mechanical reproductions of photography. It's exciting to work with painters like Etienne who are now turning to photography to invent new genres of mixed-media art—a move that I hope will put to rest the age-old debate between photography and painting.
As Rod Slemmons of the Museum of Contemporary Photography says, "What these artists (who combine photography with painting) also accomplish is to cause us to become self-conscious when looking at both photographs and paintings, and to understand that what we see in both is a flat field of elaborately but narrowly represented information that combined may lead us to truths not present in either individually."
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