then everything you thought was, wasn't (2011)

3-D photo collage

3-D collage photo
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These digitally rendered images are visual/poetic objects that are modeled in a three-dimensional virtual environment and texture mapped using real-world photographs, found image, and various source texts. This work is an ongoing, serial experiment with the interstices of language and text in the visual world. They are multi-disciplinary in the sense that they encompass drawing, painting and sculpture techniques as well as poetic and narrative forms all in a single digital matrix.

Work metadata

  • Year Created: 2011
  • Submitted to ArtBase: Tuesday Nov 8th, 2011
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  • Work Credits:
    • ciccariello, primary creator
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Artist Statement

Perception of personal reality is inexorably linked to our ability to recognize, express, and name what we are seeing.

"then everything you thought was, wasn't" presents itself as a visual maze at first jarring and disconcerting, at last forming its own cohesiveness, its own imagistic languge.

Our ability to express and communicate what we are experiencing is fundamentally dependent upon the visual and verbal tools that we have at our disposal. Art is an experiential act and process of seeing, and provides meaning and context that is delivered through the interchange of a visceral knowledge transmission.

Working in a digital 3-D environment is recognition of the elusive and illusory nature of our own private sense of reality, a reality that is open to free association and multiple interpretations. These images, although rooted in the commonalities of our individual languages point towards a deeper more visceral understanding of complex thought on a purely visual, imagistic level. The interaction between the image and our thoughts about it and the visual language we are anchored in combine to have a profound effect on the transmission and understanding of the image content.

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