Smallfinds: remembrance, memory and mortality; the tension of representing personal loss through the medium of digital collage.

Washington, John (2009) Smallfinds: remembrance, memory and mortality; the tension of representing personal loss through the medium of digital collage. [Show/Exhibition]

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Does a tension exists between the technical realities of a digital image and the artistic purpose of those contemporary fine art practitioners who create them? Before engaging in the wider discursive issues of digitallity, cultural theorists keenly postulate that all digital images exists in the form of binary data. Furthermore, Digital collage (the focus of this report), whilst clearly an established medium of artistic expression is often described using simile; this can leave the artist feeling that his or her work is overshadowed by the medium itself. The author, an advanced digital image-maker, senses this tension in his own professional participation with digital art, and after examining the existing discourse surrounding the areas of the digital image, collage and photography, discovers that digital collage, is a medium that lends itself to the creation of highly personal artistic outcomes. The project concludes with a theoretically driven online presentation of 10 highly personal digital images that deal with memory, remembrance and mortality following the recent death of the author's father. They are published on the website

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Additional Information: This project report and images were presented at the University of Bolton, School of Arts, Media and Education, Research Conference, 25th March 2009. Small Images has also been presented or exhibited as follows : University of Bolton, Currently on Exhibition, Chancellors Mall: March 2009 University College Falmouth, Image 2.0 Digital Media Futures, 10-11th September 2009. University of Northern Iowa, Gallery of Art,2nd-28th October 2009. Dordt Collage Northern Iowa, Assemblage and Collage Invitational Exhibition, Campus Centre Art Gallery,October - November 2010. All images © Copyright 2009 John Washington. Project website :
Uncontrolled Keywords: Collage,Digital Collage,Memory,Remembrance,Mortality
Divisions: Bolton School of the Arts > Art Design and Fine Art
Depositing User: Scott Wilson
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2013 12:49
Last Modified: 11 Feb 2014 09:46

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