“I write algorithms that translate non-visual information into paintings and drawings. This non-visual information has two sources: one is ordinary (common or random) and the other is extraordinary (sacred or poignant). I begin with, for example, poignant texts exemplifying personal experiences of grief or the translation of a sacred Buddhist prayer ceremony on cultivating compassion. I then disrupt these meaningful origin texts with meaningless, unbiased systems of chance such as dice rolling, card playing, etc. The outcome is a visual system that is both tangible and abstract, removing the specifics of the circumstance but giving a precise shape to something that is otherwise invisible.
I attended Skidmore College for my undergraduate degree, graduating summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in 2011. I was an Art Major, concentration in painting and printmaking, and a Mathematics Minor. In 2014 I received a Master of Fine Arts from the State University of New York at Albany with a concentration in painting and printmaking. While living on the East Coast I exhibited around Albany and surrounding Upstate New York regions. I currently live, work and exhibit in Seattle, Washington. I work at Cornish College of the Arts where I guide students in the technical aspects of painting and drawing. Additionally, I am Summer Faculty at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York where I teach Drawing and Painting.” – Ilana Zweschi
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