Mediated Imagery

 

Art by Susan Maakestad from the Trafficland series
Art by Susan Maakestad from the Trafficland series

 

 

Susan Maakestad has generously provided a few pictures of the source images for her “Trafficland Series” – online traffic camera images captured during a blizzard (I think in the town of my birth – Milwaukee). These images are ideal for my next assignment for the advanced drawing students titled “Mediated Drawing.” This assignment examines the prevalent and frequently unconscious use of technologically mediated imagery in art today such as a painter working from snapshots with no sense that the camera becomes an important influence on their artwork. We seek to make these connections between the media and the message. 

So here’s some of that webcam imagery as well as one of the small, quiet and beautiful watercolors Susan extracts from them.

 

 

webcam image
webcam image

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