Faculty Sponsor

Sarah Jantzi


Arts and Sciences


Studio Art

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Symposium Date

Spring 4-29-2022


The relationship that artwork has with a viewer is one that allows the door of questioning the viewer’s perception, artwork’s being and purpose, to be opened, especially when considering the process of how it came to be – in this case, through technology. This series of oil paintings were created using digitally manipulated versions of photography. Technology plays an important role because it has created an entirely different realm of art-making and manipulation. These works include a multi-layered, multi-dimensional processes, in which information is being simplified, transferred, manipulated, and recreated. There is loss and change, from the ‘original’ scene, taking an image of it, recreating it by hand with oil paint, through my perception as the artist, via some form of digital screen.

This cycle of analyzing this process is what makes this work meta— self-aware, self-parodying, and/or self-referential. The reference and representation of technology via paintings it is one form of being meta. So then, why not simply print the photograph that the painting is referencing? The work’s existence is based on the several pre-existing layers of transformation through technology, through my perception, then to the viewer’s perception. The purpose of questioning the work’s ‘original’ state and origin itself – the reproduction of something technologically-based by hand – would be nearly or completely absent. Without those layers, it would not have the chance to break the fourth wall, starting that conversation with the viewer.

Biographical Information about Author(s)

Throughout my time as a studio art major, I have worked with many mediums and styles, but I find myself most drawn to oil painting and digital artwork. The more work I create, the more I find myself allured by the concept of individual perspective and perception. This series combines those concepts, and influences/inspirations from those mediums as well. Moving forward, I feel equipped with a plethora of ideas and skills that this project has provided me with.