Free on the Outside
a fractal fine arts exhibition
Spotlight Gallery
of the Rave Webmuseum of Cyberart

 

Elenyte Paulauskas-Poelker

September 1 - November 30, 2000

 

 

I'm a Lithuanian/American artist, born in Brooklyn, New York in 1946. My degree is in Anthropology. Colorado has been my home for 24 years where I recently retired from a Human Services career. An interest in digital art developed around 1988 when my husband and I got our first computer. With the exciting new tools I got hooked into exploring everything I could. I have no formal art education.

I was introduced to fractal art a year and a half ago. Since I'm not a mathematician, either, I begin to work by creating a fractal image with existing formulas. I explore the fractal making changes to the colors and formulas until I'm pleased with the image. After I construct a fractal image that intrigues me, it's rendered to the hard drive for reworking later in other art programs. Through the use of any and all techniques including drawing, layering, filters and prayers - they evolve into works unrecognizable from the original fractal. For me, the fractal is not an end point but the skeleton or beginning upon which I construct my compositions.

With the development of fabric in printing materials, my plan is to have my digital compositions printed and incorporate them in collages combined with cloth, paints and other natural materials. Another goal is to paint them directly onto canvas with traditional media solely for the images, themselves. An art project that's in development is exploring my Lithuanian heritage through working with photographs. I'll be assembling collages - combining photos which reflect ancient cultural themes with my digital art, natural materials and traditional art media.

Trying to write this bio and artist statement made me realize that I don't know how to narrowly define my art. So, I went surfing the net for some ideas about where my art or methods might fit in. I read about artists who call themselves intuitive, primitive, outsiders, naive and self taught. Where do I check off "all of the above"? What I can tell you is that after working under the rules and regs of others for almost 30 years, I now live for letting myself go to follow my pictures as they unfold to wherever they lead . For me, the experience of making art is where I can create without concerns for rules concocted by other people. I get lost in the "process without a name". My way of making art is sort of like how we dream. Sometimes, it's soft and painterly - other times it's edgy and raw. It comes from a place that I don't fully understand and wouldn't want to alter or mold. This is one of the reasons I called my web site "Incurable Art".

My experience with digital art is an example of how this medium has opened the art experience for people like myself. Folks who want to work with color and make art but never pursued traditional training. With a home computer, I'm able to work on my art full time. All I know for sure is that art is something I have to do right now - and do it every day.

The artists or work that most influenced my personal point of view are Laurel and Hardy, Sid Caesar's Show of Shows and old cartoons. Laughs and humor are more important than most things. I love the movies and some of my favorites include The Seven Year Itch, The Quiet Man, anything either Film Noire or WWII and all cheesy science fiction. I'm interested in primitive indigenous art and my favorite music is what is now referred to as World Music.

Music Credit: The music playing in the background is a fractal piece composed by Phil Jackson. It's called Rain Forest. This and other compositions can be heard at his web site: http://www.fractal-vibes.com/

 

-Elenyte Paulauskas-Poelker

August 19, 2000


Visit the artist's Web site, Incurable Art