The exhibition will run from October 21 – 24 with a reception on October 24 from 6 – 8 pm/
I used the title: “Techno – Soup,” for the title of my show as a jab to Andy Warhol. These evolved into the use of today’s technology with ideas and techniques from the past that I combined together to create this series of prints. This series of self-portraits was created to represent my life. These are not the historical portraits of the past that simply show the persons resemblance; these portraits allow the viewer to learn about the person as a person.
I decided to create something that was more unique and personal to me as an artist. I discovered patterns from my heritage as a way to venture into this series of prints. I knew I wanted to use the concept of how we have made technology a part of our own identities; this is where the technology would play a role in my own images. I had taken a photograph and changed it into computer codes and used that code for my screen-printed images as a self portrait.
I got the idea of using quilt patterns by remembering my grandmother and how she had made all of her grandchildren quilts. After researching quilt patterns, I discovered that in the southern United States, patterns were meant to represent a variety of subjects and I could use these patterns to help tell a story about myself. The entire series will be portraits of me and my life.
There is one set of grayscale prints and one set of color prints. I used a combination of technology and quilting patterns for both grayscale and color prints. The grayscale prints represent the past, just memories of my life. The color prints represent my hopes for a brighter future. This artwork represent me as a person moving through life.
My first image is not of a quilting pattern, it is a self-portrait printed with a graffiti styled artwork. This is related to me and the applications on my cell phone, computer desk top, my email address and art logo. The bright colors are how I want to feel in life now. I want to be happy and cheerful and enjoy life, and these colors express that feeling.
The second print is actually a triple self-portrait; it has two different images changed into code and then excerpts from a text message from a friend that describes my artwork. I decided to use the quilt patterns for this series of images so that I could bring my past into the future and create a representation of my life through its different stages.
The final three images; are a mystery for now, a puzzle to be deciphered by the viewer.