[ISEA97] Artist Statement: Mary Stieglitz – Cirque

Artist Statement

Cirque is a digital print. The image reflects my original photography of natural phenomena, in this case a hot springs terrace. Cirque explores visible patterns from nature, and is modified with computer manipulation to express visually a conception of the circle of life. The work represents the interconnections of the human condi¬tion while extending concepts of the perceptual aspects of organic form. Technical information: original image 35mm Fujii Velvia transparency, scanned into digital form with a Nikon Coolscan, modified with Adobe Photoshop on a Macintosh 8600. The print from the digital file was produced on a Canon Color Laser Copier.

  • Mary Stieglitz (U.S.A.), artist and educator, is currently Professor & Chair of Art and Design at Iowa State University, U.S.A.. Trained as a studio artist on the Bachelors (University of Wisconsin) and Masters level (Indiana University), she went on to study art & visual perception for the Ph.D. degree and the post doctoral certificate (University of Wisconsin). Stieglitz is an active artist, working in digital photography and mixed media. Her images explore the visible patterns of the natural world.They often challenge our concepts of the visual and perceptual aspects of organic form. Her work has been seen in well over 200 exhibitions, published in cata­logues, periodicals, books and electronic venues.The work is represented in numerous national and international collec­tions. Active as a writer, recent publications include Analogies: Photo/Electronk: Parallel/Paradox in EXPOSURE, the Journal of the Society for Photographic Education (30:3/4). She has received 20 research awards and grants, and is active as an exhibition juror, book reviewer and edi­tor. As a presenter, Mary Stieglitz has offered more than 200 lectures across the United States,the United Kingdom, Portugal, Australia, New Zealand, India et al. Stieglitz is actively pursuing extensions of perception in her visual imagery.The images reflect the variety of our visual and perceptual experience, and the various potential interpre­tations, both objective and subjective. Her belief is that tools and techniques only serve…it is the conceptual and visual encounter that endures.