Art & Technology
Waterloo artist writes computer programs to create digital art
KITCHENER - The Rotunda Gallery takes the leap to digital art in July with Interzone 002. Artist Laura De Decker creates abstract digital images using original computer programs she has developed.
''Interzone is a word I use to describe the ambiguous space between traditionally opposed ideas,'' says De Decker. ''I create abstract colour images using computer programs that I write as a tool to facilitate my intuitive exploration of fundamental visual elements. The images that I create are printed as large-format giclée prints.''
De Decker generates large-format abstract digital prints using computer programs she writes to investigate colour and aesthetics. She uses technology that is more than 10 years old.
''It allows me direct control of every pixel in my images with the use of my computer code,'' she says. ''This process of working with form and colour in an integrated way enables me to better explore aesthetic possibilities; I choose carefully defined parameters to zero in on abstract ideas.''
De Decker has a common interest with Josef Albers, Victor Vasarely, Bridget Riley, Claude Tousignant and Guido Molinari.
''My work uses a systematic approach, precision of form, and visual ambiguity, similar to works by these artists,'' she says. ''My process employs mathematical and scientific approaches while building on art historical investigations into colour, form and aesthetics.''
De Decker has a BA in art and art history from University of Toronto and Sheridan College (1999) and an MFA in visual arts from University of Victoria (2002). Her art has been exhibited across Canada. De Decker and her husband, Kitchener's artist-in-residence for 2010, Stefan A. Rose, live in Waterloo. www.lauradedecker.com