Rebecca Erickson

Digital Brain Chatter - 2008

In 2008 three things happened that changed my  art making. The first was seeing Brazilian artist Beatrice Milhazes** art work, the second was buying a Wacom pressure sensitive drawing tablet and, third, downloading an inexpensive  piece of software called ArtRage. ArtRage turns your computer monitor into a well stocked art table with brushes, paint, rollers, and markers. I sat at the computer and, just as in working directly on paper or canvas, I drew and painted.   

At the time I had to do most of my work late at night, so listened with headphones to audio books on memory, space and matter, cells and biological processes; particle  accelerators, and old comedy albums. In these pieces I tried to document in layers, symbols, colour and pattern the inner visual monologue of brain chatter that ran through my brain. 


** Recently I went back to look at Beatriz Milhazes work and there was much more available online than 5 years ago. When I saw this page, I laughed, because I was so clearly taken with her vivid work that it completely overwhelmed  my own ideas.  I was startled to see the extent to which I had adopted her imagery.  Thank you, Ms. Milhazes.

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