An Ephemeral Touch

Posted on: May 5, 2021
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Digital image of a hand, laser cut out of printer paper and suspended in a web like structure. This installation became an interactive experience through gradation colored lights and cast shadows.

Photograph: Installation View and Detail
Media: Laser cut printer paper hands, watercolor, cast shadows
Laser cut Hand: 18"x6"
Installation Size: 8'x5'x10'

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Allie Wittmann

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MFA Student

Major: Printmaking

Graduation Year: 2022

Artist Statement:

Fluid and methodical are connective words used to describe Allies artist practice and the representation on how she moves through her creative process. Her creative process could be described as ritualistic motions on a path with checkpoints, allowing room to retrace and change elements from before or farther down the path. It could also be characterized as a cycle of phases where the completion of the artwork is a goal, but is a conjoining element to the more important phases, exploration and making. Both of these analogies are intertwined and can be used together or separately. What this does for her as an artist and the work she creates, is it provides room for iteration and differentiation among the same product. Providing different iterations allows for her experimentation phase to be more expansive and support the making phase with a more conclusive lens.

She has more recently stepped into the realm of installation, so iteration has become a focal point to creating her art. More importantly, the explorative iterations have moved her practice into a more cohesive unit. The making of her installations consists of both the cycle and the ritualistic path, but on two separate occasions. The creation of the separate materials in her studio follows the path with checkpoints, allowing her to shift her material choices based on the malleability of them. Where the cycle of phases are a part of the installation, providing room for critical thinking and problem solving based on the space. Allie finds her newest work enforces a flow of methods that have become a ritual, supporting her artist practice and exemplifying how she processes the path or cycle of new work.