Richard B ChauDavis
I was trained as a painter. A lot of my sensibilities come from that training (how to balance a work, small on the bottom and large on top, craftsmanship, etc). While I deeply miss the smell of turpentine and the texture of paint, I find the camera and the computer irresistible. There is the sense of reality that comes easily to photographic images. With computers and software, an artist can control the whole image in a way that is either tedious or impossible in the darkroom. In addition, the new printers can make very rich blacks and grays. I have for a long time dealt with the concept of ‘not the split second’ but maybe the split 2 seconds or 5 minutes and present that time frame as one image. Sexuality as a theme in my work reflects a lot thinking, my Christianity, and my observations. Techniques I have used heavily are compositing, introducing color, scanning negatives, and digital to digital photography. I also love the beach and for relief take pictures there. Recently, I have been doing, 3D imagery, live art (I do an impromptu themed photo shoot with interested bystanders), Tainted Milk Series, assemblages, and oil painting/collages.
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Mostly Square Artifacts 2013
by Richard B ChauDavis
At the start of 2013 I started the series of 27 works shown in this book. I resolved to create artifacts with nothing being precious. The images are crumpled, torn, sliced, painted, sanded, dissolved and then carefully preserved. Each work made into a rescued artifact full of scars, personality, and texture. Subject matter and images involve nudity, sexuality and (to be fair) other things.
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