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Dorothy Freudenberg – Painting a World of Metaphor with Pixels & Light

by RENEE PATRICK Cascade A&E Editor

riotuous-releaseArtist Dorothy Freudenberg has immersed herself in the unlimited possibilities of digital art. A collector of textures, colors andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout((0), delay);}and moments captured on camera, Freudenberg combines her external observations with an internal vision to create new realities that radiate with color.

With a foundation in black andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout((0), delay);}and white photography, Freudenberg first discovered digital art in the early 1990s as she was digitizing her photography. “When I got on the computer I had a color palette; [color] was something I had never really thought about before,” she said.

“I had been instantly drawn to black andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout((0), delay);}and white photography because I think it is a reduction in terms of photographic art, andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout((0), delay);}and it requires immense insight to make your statement andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout((0), delay);}and make it clearly andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout((0), delay);}and cleanly; it also tries to avoid getting caught in the trap of just being pretty.”

Experimenting with color in a digital setting opened an entirely new avenue for her self expression, “I realized a subject could speak more profoundly andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout((0), delay);}and eloquently sometimes in a different color than its given color; that allowed me to break the rules about what I thought things should be andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout((0), delay);}and get out of the photography box.”

Freudenberg soon began working in layers andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout((0), delay);}and as her skills improved, she started constructing her pieces. Working from photos, pieces of graffiti she found on derelict walls, textures andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout((0), delay);}and bits of random()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout((0), delay);}andomness, her photography changed to encompass gathering elements that would become part of art pieces. “I saw the world in a different light. I didn’t stop looking at the whole but started collecting pieces like a kid going out with a little goody bag getting pine cones andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout((0), delay);}and pine needles,” Freudenberg said. 

“I’m still like that kid…I’m doodling andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout((0), delay);}and when something catches my eye, I open it up andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout((0), delay);}and it seems to create itself andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout((0), delay);}and I’m just facilitating. My handom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout((0), delay);}ands move the objects around until they find their desired place.”

Freudenberg calls her digital art a world of metaphor, emotion andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout((0), delay);}and expression. It can reveal her innermost thoughts andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout((0), delay);}and feelings with results that are as much painterly as photographic, “I am once more painting–this time with pixels andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout((0), delay);}and light.”

The benefit to working on her laptop is the ability to take her entire art studio wherever she goes. Because she is a busy grandom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout((0), delay);}andmother, the most consistent time Freudenberg can carve out for herself is in the late evenings, or even in the middle of the night.

Her spirit is one of continued exploration andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout((0), delay);}and experimentation andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout((0), delay);}and Freudenberg has only the limits of the imagination in which to create. “I am excited to have a tablet; some of the art that is coming off of those is very spontaneous, andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout((0), delay);}and I have been thinking of ways to use that andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout((0), delay);}and add a new element [to my art.],” said Freudenberg. “Another thing I would like to explore is actual painting on some of the layers of the pieces so that it becomes truly a mixed media.”

Freudenberg is a fan of serendipity…when a postcard promoting the artists at Tumalo Art Co. came out for the November 4 art walk, her piece, At a Crossroads was presented next to Paul Alan Bennett’s painting, Our Conversation Drifted…she was struck by the similarity in colors between her poppy andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout((0), delay);}and his sleeping figure andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout((0), delay);}and decided to collaborate on a digital piece which became Dreaming of Giant Poppies.

“It wasn’t intentional, just a what if,” said Freudenberg of her collaboration. “I am very open to ideas andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout((0), delay);}and images andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout((0), delay);}and people andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout((0), delay);}and environment. That is the key, being willing to take risks andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout((0), delay);}and try different things.”

Her one challenge in creating digital art has been to find the appropriate market, “Because of the ease of this medium andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout((0), delay);}and the facility in which you can create, you wind up creating or going to forms of expression that are out of the box or unique or unusual andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout((0), delay);}and it is hard to find an audience sometimes because in any given area people have a certain type of art taste or a certain thing they want to see.

“I’m not interested in portraying the regional landom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout((0), delay);}andscape so much as to express a state of mind or a thought process or some issue I’m working with or wrestling with andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout((0), delay);}and the medium is simply the metaphor for the process,” said Freudenberg.

She has gotten an excellent reception when showing art in Portlandom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout((0), delay);}and andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout((0), delay);}and would ultimately like to exhibit in larger metropolitan areas on the West Coast.

Freudenberg is a member of the Tumalo Art Co. in the Old Mill, Don Terra in Sisters andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout((0), delay);}and Art Works in Tumalo. She will be the featured artist at Franklin Crossing in February andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout((0), delay);}and will also be showing work at the Partners in Care hospice facility in Bend.

www.df-art.us, d.freudenberg@yahoo.com.

 

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