My current art projects focus on creating collections of a series, such as street bicycles in Milan, wooden windows in the Salton Sea, or metal shop doors in Zanzibar. Working in a series is a way of exploring a theme and the variations – the similarities of style, the individual variations and the wear and decay over time. My work is photographically based, but the images are most often transferred by means of a chemical process to wood or metal substrates as a way to reinforce the theme – such as transfers of macro images onto glass microscope slides, distressed metal images transferred to surplus circuit boards, and fences onto wood panels. The resulting collection of up to a hundred images create a three dimensional abstract artwork that invites the viewer to appreciate the collection as well as closely inspect the individual images.
The digital transfer process that I use was developed by the artist, Bonny Lhotka. She has published several books and videos that give many examples and variations on transfer methods in general and those that use her products and supplies. Information on workshops and purchasing the necessary supplies can be found at www.dassart.com