Grey Pause Morning Sitter
by Lauren Helena May Pelc-McArthur
I love it when I cannot immediately see how an image was build. Morning Pause Grey Sitter definitely is not easy to pick apart.
Lauren mixes paint and digital, representation and abstract art. Painted textures are scanned in, used as 3D textures, combined with brushes in Photoshop and this all combines to a vibrant image. From up close the picture seems to boil with energy, from a little distance a figure emerges.
It’s the figurative suggestion that makes me think of her work as expressionism: And as in expressionism the figures in her work are often mangled, contorted, their shape deconstructed. You’d think they were painted by a troubled artist. But the figures are drawn from gestures and colour that have a tremendous positive energy. This is not suffering — The deconstruction in fragmented multifaceted shapes and glowing elements and flowing layers is celebrated here. The joy of painting a virtual image true to our digital world; these are portraits that fit the digital natives, taking everything as a valid influence that seems interesting and connecting it to create meaning.
I love that these still look so human-made while being so obviously digital. And I love it that I am able to fully explore how this image was build in the source files that come with the edition.
What's in the download?
This edition contains the full resolution image (5400x7200px), the PSD source file with all layers (544MB) a PDF with information on the piece and the artist and the 3D source files used in the creation of this image. A set of wallpapers, optimized for popular devices, is also included.
Lauren Helena May Pelc-McArthur
Lauren graduated as Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drawing and Painting from OCADU in Toronto, Canada at the age of 23. She has been making images with computers since she was 11. Both come naturally to her, and so logically are seamlessly blended in her work. She has exhibited in groups shows in Canada and Europe, participates in video projection shows all over the world and her work was featured in Beautiful/Decay, Lost at e minor and others. She currently is artist in residence in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.