While looking for a topic for today I remembered the summer issue of Surface Design and Mary Stieglitz. She works in digital photography and printing. This article is written by Ingrid Lilligren and she states in her opening “Synesthesia is a term used to describe the ability some individuals have to smell sounds, hear colors, or see scents. It could be thought of a a gift of sorts from the cerebral cortex, a kind of unwilled metaphor. Viewing the work of Mary Stieglitz stimulates multiple sensory responses. Silk panels move like air or water, and when the surface imagery is water, the viewer can almost hear the sound it makes. Through digital application of photo-based imagery, Stieglitz produces contemporary images that speak of deep time. Her work is at once new and old”. When looking at her work Cirque in the magazine I felt myself looking into 3-D as felt as if I was floating above looking down. Mary states she is interested in the visible patterns of our natural world and their relationship to the larger myths and metaphors.
Mary photograhpes such things as geothermal, algae, the movement of the surface on water responding to breezes, carved stone and bones – just to name a few. In 1999 this work became a reality when at Iowa State Mary collaborated with J.R. Campbell – they were both in the clothing and textile dept. – they received a grant and experimented and successfully printed a series of pieces. In January 2001 their research was shown in the first all-digital textile fabric exhibition at the University of Nebraska “Digital Connections in Imagery, Cloth and the Human Form” 30 works were shown – these works had been created on a Encad 1500TX.
Silk has been chosen for much of her work – she states it is light and strong.
Mary is trained as a studio artist and after earning her bachelor’s and master’s in fine Art from University of Wisconsin and Indiana University (she studied photography and earned a Ph.D from University of Wisconsin based on research in art and visual perception. She continue with post-doc in combining photography and digital design.
This article is in the Surface Design Summer 2007