[TISEA 1992] Artist Statement: Patricia Search – Portraits in Time


I use computer graphics software to create art that is underscored by the purity of geometric forms that represents the poetic resolution of  logic and mathematics. Logic and mathematics possess a stoic beauty that is difficult to visualise because rational control is tempered by human insight and intuition. My art weaves these dimensions into visual statements. In the images there is continual interplay between the physically-defined geometry of three-dimensional forms and the intangible free-form filaments of colour produced by the medium of light. I am not creating forms with colour; I am ‘moulding space with light’.

This ephemeral quality of space space that is moulded into existence by layers of intangible light — results in multiple dimensions that mani-fest themselves as various perceptual dichotomies: realism and fantasy, logic and emotion, time and timelessness. The transient quality of light also emphasised the intangible, abstract quality of computer-generated imagery that exists in its ‘original’ state as the symbolic representation of electronic impulses.
The work is painstakingly slow and extremely expensive because each image takes several weeks of continuous computer time. Despite numerous problems acquiring access to computers, I continue to persevere in computer graphics because no other medium gives me the same visual quality of expression. The geometry of space and time and the translucent qualities of light combine to produce spatial transformations that continually challenge my understanding of colour, form, space, and time while helping me expand my singular vision
into a universal message.

  • Patricia Search, USA,  teaches computer graphics and hypermedia interface design in the Department of Language, Literature and Communication at lhe Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, in Troy, NY, USA. Her artwork has been displayed in solo and juried exhibitions, and has been published in numerous journals and in a television documentary. She has written on computer graphics, animation, electronic art, inferacrive museum technology, and hypermedia interface design.