Computer art with an Amiga

When we think of computer art, we usually associate it with highly detailed 3D computer renderings and animations.
But there’s also a form of computer art that is more tangible, that creates actual sculptures and paintings that have been designed with a computer.

A fine example of this kind of art form is the work of Emily Jennings. This award winning American artist has had her works on display in the Whitney Museum of Art, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Laguna Gloria Museum, the Houston Contemporary Arts Museum, the San Antonio Museum of Art, and the Santa Fe Fine Arts Museum and has participated in several large outdoor exhibitions.

Back in 1989 her work surprised the morning commuters in Abilene (Texas), when she placed a series of 3 meter high fiberglass heads on the main thoroughfare. On one side, children’s faces in bright primary colors asked questions like “Can you talk?”, “Can you breathe?”, “Can you move?”, whereas on the other side robot-like faces were asking “Where is my mouth?”, “Where is my leg?”

All of the imagery on the sculptures was created with an Amiga 500 using DeluxePaint II. To test the placement of the actual sculptures, she scanned photographs of the area with Digi-View and overlaid them with scaled drawings of the figures in DeluxePaint II.
Emily commented on her computer aided artwork: “The content of my art is social commentary on human behavior, how we learn and how we are conditioned as children by the games and toys. I want my work to be amusing and thought provoking.”

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