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Attention to Things: Photo-Based Digital Fine Art by Leda Black

My first deliberate artistic training was as a book artist: letterpress printing; hand bookbinding; printmaking; creative writing; typographic design. Then I threw myself into photography, spending hours in the humming, smelly dimness of the darkroom. Meanwhile, I have been working as a graphic designer for years, so I have been versed in computer graphics, and at a certain time it seemed like finally the software and hardware had become flexible and accessible enough to do what I really wanted to do in art. So when it came time to move I sold all my letterpress equipment and used the money to buy the computer, imaging equipment, and printer which would work for my vision. Since 2012, I have been using this technology to play with scale, transformation, taxonomy, and epistemology. In 2014 I opened my studio, Black Lab, on the Arts Walk in Washington, DC, and I have been barreling ahead in this medium. My studio is often open to the public, so come over and see me sometime! I will continue to put more and more of my work up here for sale on Etsy.

I use photographs and direct scans of objects. I manipulate my source images with computer software to create the final images. Right now I am more interested in transforming photographic images INTO an object, rather than perfecting the source image itself. I think of my studio as a laboratory for experimentation and my work is informed by my investigations into breakthroughs in physics and biology. I look very closely at things and let connections happen. I am fascinated by the multiplicity, variety, and detail of things. I think art can help us understand things.

A few questions motivate my explorations. Is there a real boundary between the natural and the human-made (or any such category)? How do our mental categories construct our perception? How can I alter images to guide perception and create understanding? In each series I use a device to relate images to each other (the specimen, the alphabet, the color wheel).

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    Originally from New Mexico, Leda moved to the Washington, DC area in 2010. She trained in philosophy as an undergraduate and in the book arts in graduate school. She has been working in computer graphics and photographic imagery for many years.

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