Lately, I've been thinking about how artists sometimes shift their work back and forth between the physical and electronic worlds. Some of the artists in the "Seven Artists and a Toothbrush Factory" project (like Justine the potter) work entirely in the physical world. Others start out digital but end up physical -- Mike designs on a computer but creates finished products on his exquisitely antiquated silkscreen press.

And then there's Lynn -- the most extreme shifter of the group. For months, she painstakingly designs, hand-inks and prints hundreds of unique monotypes -- similar to the old school Disney cartoon animators. Then, she scans and sequences them all into digital stop-motion animated videos. This week's POTW is a picture of Lynn inking one of the plates with a Q-tip. A few dozen of the eventual 676 prints are on the wall behind her.


Brushworks, Florence, MA; October, 2016

You can see the video of Lynn's completed monotype animation ("Living 614") here:

Like me, most of my photo-pals switched from physical to electronic photography about 10 years ago. While I don’t regret this shift to digital, I do miss watching an image magically appear under an amber light in the darkroom. I wouldn't choose to go back solely to film/paper photography but somehow working entirely in the digital world feels incomplete. I don't know where these sketchy ideas will lead but the physical world is definitely calling!

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