Although Anne Spalter began her college studies as a painting major, halfway through her coursework she changed her focus to mathematics. In the late 1990s, she went on to merge both disciplines, founding digital fine arts programs at both Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design. Following her tenure as the Artist in Residence and Visual Computing Researcher in Brown’s Department of Computer Science, Spalter decided to return to making art full time. In the studio once again, she initially wanted nothing to do with the computer and began drawing and painting. However, Spalter was unable to ignore her roots. Her practice now encompasses the use of custom software to transform source footage of everyday experiences—such as riding an amusement park roller coaster—into what has been described as “kaleidoscopic, algorithmically manipulated modern landscapes.” Fracture transforms the medium of drawing into animated imagery that subtly morphs before the viewer’s eyes.
Label from Drawing: The Beginning of Everything, July 8–October 15, 2017