Ana Maria Uribe 1951-2004


In the late 1960s Argentine artist Ana Maria Uribe began creating typoemas -- static black-on-white visual compositions rendered using a standard office typewriter. Anticipating the keyboard's pancultural ubiquity and its potential for artmaking, these early works provided a foundation for the anipoemas that emerged in the 1980s. The creative possibilities afforded by new computer technology led Uribe to incorporate animation, sound and eventually colour into later projects while retaining the frame size and single-font restrictions intrinsic to her creative process. The ease of dissemination provided by the internet allowed the her to cultivate an international audience, and yet her work transcended language through exploration of the plasticity of letters and symbols and their potential for the generation of meaning as visual objects. Her works are infused with a sense of rhythm and dance