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FemmeVolition: Senior Juried Show 2004
April 24-May 23, 2004

Ingrid Johansen
The combination of traditional methods and new possibilities in digital expression is the driving force behind this body of work. I am creating a cast of fictional characters in a story with no words. They are presented as solitary figures, accompanied only by sprays of flat color. I am working with the basic human form, yet these figures transcend reality into an imaginary, almost mythic realm. As fictional characters reminiscent of fairy tale stories, their colors are incredible, saturated hues, which heighten their sense of fantasy, as well as reference the digital palette from which they came. The figures themselves come quickly, through gesture drawing with brush and ink. Then I begin the meticulous process of digitally coloring them, according to their own unique attributes. The depth of the gray areas between the black of the ink and the white of the paper gives a foundation for the application of color and texture. I enjoy the visual ambiguity resulting from the combination of traditional drawings and digital manipulation. I want you to wonder how these images were made.

Other FemmeVolition Artists

by Ingrid Johansen
From left to right: Giant Crop I, Giant, Giant Crop II

by Ingrid Johansen
Cognitive Map Book


by Ingrid Johansen
Hedwig Marketable, CD/Tape

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