I work because it keeps my heart beating. It is essential to my existence while I am a corporal being on this planet and not yet returned to stardust. I create stories, mythologies. Fill them with characters, beings, figments of my imagination to answer the eternal question floating in my brain, "What if I.....?" Sometimes they're Immortal Beings, Manikins, Humans, Aliens or Marilyn Monroe. The medium I choose to work in might be Traditional Photography, Photo Montage, Digital Art or Video Art. The medium is not important to me whatever works. It's getting my thoughts across and sharing them with the viewer who in turn may experience a substantive cerebral and or physical reaction to the work.
Some of my work is very detailed and best viewed in close-up form for example the Immortals Series, which is composed of Photo Montages Digitally Hand Painted. The Abstract series also has Digital Hand Painting and uses as original source material my photographs, which I massage and mold until there is nothing left of the source photos except for the colors. In both of these Series the original photographs are just a framework for my imagination. Sometimes I even get the distinct feeling that the work creates itself and uses me to do it's bidding.
ARTIST: Elaine Sigwald
Elaine Sigwald formulates and creates her art in series. She is a storyteller, and her work, like a good read leaves you in anticipation of experiencing what she will be creating next. She sees and absorbs the world around her differently than most and what someone else might not even give a second glance or be aware of, becomes the subject for an entire new series of work.
Growing up in New York City, Elaine's early influences were honed in her teens spending countless days studying the works of the masters at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, MOMA, the Guggenheim, the Whitney and Frick museums. Inspired by these museum visits, at age thirteen, her first large-scale drawing was an interpretation of WWIII done in permanent magic markers. The mural spanned her entire bedroom wall displaying a life size drawing of a naked Helen of Troy looking out at viewers, with blood dripping from her hands. She was the focal point, surrounded with scenes depicting battles and brutality. Much to her parent’s chagrin, when the family moved, many coats of paint were used to conceal the work. After this opus, her parents requested that she limit her work to canvas, paper and film.
Creating art, in one form or another: Photography, Digital Art, Video Art, or Traditional Fine Art has always been Elaine's calling. At age fifteen, a watercolor painting she created was hung in an exhibition at the Lever House in Manhattan, New York. She studied acting for five years at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City and attended the High School of Performing Arts in Manhattan majoring in theater. Throughout her artist's journey no matter what other medium she employed to express her message, Elaine always carried a 35 mm still camera with which she documented the ordinary and extraordinary vignettes of life on the planet.
In 1972 Elaine was handed one of the first portable black and white video cameras and recorders available to the general public. Instantly she was enthralled by the endless creative possibilities of this new medium and became a part of the New York City avant-garde Video Art scene. During that period she studied and did projects with among others, Shirley Clarke, Wendy Clarke and Bill Etra (co-inventor with Steve Ruff of the video synthesizer, now called a special effects generator). After receiving her BS in Speech and Communications from the State University of New York at New Paltz, her creative journey took a more mainstream path. From 1984-2010 she was the owner and creative force behind Visionteller, a video production company, which produced documentary and commercial projects. In 2010 she closed the company and with her family moved to southern California.
Her work has been shown in exhibitions at the Museum of the City of New York, Palm Springs Art Museum, The Hudson Opera House and in Galleries in New York and California. Collectors of her work reside in various states across the US and in Malaysia and France.