Howard Paine Studio Visit
Howard Paine is an Associate Professor and is currently the Director of the Master of Fine Arts Program at Memphis College of Art. He was the first full time faculty member in the Digital Media Program and has been with the college since 1998. Howard received an MFA in Printmaking from Washington University in St. Louis in 1995, and a BA in Studio Art and American Studies from Grinnell College in 1992. He is an active digital artist and printmaker and works to combine these media. For the past several years his work has been concerned with the impact of technology on society, and most recently is focused on the interaction between biology and technology. His work has been shown regionally and nationally.
My studio work for the past decade was borne out of the investigation of the way technology can affect organisms, even down to the cellular level. This is evidenced by such cases as Dolly the cloned sheep, embryonic stem cells, and other organisms that have been likewise created and/or mutated. The influence of technology upon organisms is not a one-way street, nor is it strictly an intentional enterprise. Unintentional mutations in organisms abound. Benign virii may suddenly become hazardous, and technology must adapt quickly to catch up with nature.
I find science and scientific imagery a powerful source for work both visually and conceptually. The influence of science on everyday life is underappreciated and under-recognized; so to is the potential for science to transform future experiences and life itself. It is not my goal to present a concrete opinion or perspective to viewers, but to start a conversation, to suggest to the viewer that such contemplation is worthwhile.
My process involves collecting and photographing botanicals, leaves seed pods, flowers, as well as insects that I find in my yard or on walks. I then photograph these forms or use a flat bed scanner that functions like a camera with a very limited depth of field. The objects are then digitally combined with drawings, prints, ink wash and other hand mark making that have also been digitally scanned. Some works are combined with traditional printmaking techniques such as lithography and relief processes. The combination of the photographic and hand working places the forms in an even more indistinct space. The images are assembled digitally and printed on an archival inkjet printer.
Ring Form #2