Exclusive Interview with iPhoneography Artist :: SARAH JARRETT
One of the most shocking things about the Norfolk based artist that you may not realize is that all of her work is done through Apps, either using her iPhone and/or tablet.
As all of you know, there is a resistance from many in the art community for using these types of devices for “authentic” fine art. Admittingly, even we had times have found it difficult to take seriously.
However, we caught up with Sarah to dispel the myths and stigmas regarding “iPhoneography”.
What do you think of the stigma regarding making art from a smartphone or tablet? Do you feel any of the criticisms regarding making art exclusively from a tablet or smartphone are valid?
Sarah Jarrett: There will always be Purists but the history of Art has always been about artists looking for new materials and ways to make art. I really take no notice of this kind of criticism and just keep going with a blind disregard for this kind of thing. I think there are issues with lower resolutions in mobile photography but the technology is getting better all the time. I’ve never had any issues getting my work published in large format.
How did your creative process begin and how did it eventually evolve into exclusively using smartphones and tablets?
Sarah Jarrett: The process I use now which is using apps to edit my photographic work on an iPhone or iPad has been through a long evolution. I have been working with Photography for over twenty years. I went to Art College and did an Honours Degree in Photography when it was film and paper based, pre-digital. I was really interested in colour printing and in experimenting with different print processes. I worked a lot with Gum Bichromate Printing, scratching the surfaces of prints and painting on prints. Its the experimenting aspect that really interests me still.
When I left Art College I taught Art, Photography and Textiles for quite a few years- still exhibiting my art and didn’t take the plunge to freelance full time until my second child was born and then the time was right. I started painting onto big colour prints I’d made and then sewing on the top with a sewing machine. I was using the sewing like a drawn line. I did the rounds with my portfolio and got a lot of interest because my technique was so unusual and was lucky to get some publishing deals for cards, calenders, posters and prints. It was the confidence I needed and the journey began leading to illustrating books, producing print ranges for many Art publishers and in the long term making images for licensing worldwide. It was long distance running that got me interested in mobile photography. I liked shooting Landscapes on my runs but I didn’t want to take a bulky SLR so it was the lightweight, portable nature of a phone that attracted me. I was hooked when I discovered apps. I think I started shooting with mobile technology in 2008 but I didn’t start seriously editing with apps until the end of 2010. Now all my work is digital and made using mobile technology.
How long does each piece take you to do?
Sarah Jarrett: My pieces take a long time, there are many different stages of collaging, painting and layering. If I can make two pieces in a day, its a good day.
What apps do you find yourself using the most?
Sarah Jarrett: Superimpose, Procreate, iColorama, Glaze, Repix, Distressed FX, Miracam & Artrage are the apps I use most.
Every time a new technology comes out that bridges the gap between technicality and artistic vision people say it’s the end of the medium. When Polaroid first came out, photographers around the world cried it was the end of photography. How do you see technology further effecting the way we create?
Sarah Jarrett: I think we are really at a point now where the creative potential offered by technology is incredibly exciting. I always saw iPhoneography as a serious replacement for the work I was doing with an SLR because as apps improved I found I could achieve effects way beyond Photoshop and I gradually switched to editing with apps all the time. One of the main things I am interested in is in finding meeting points between painting and photography and apps like Procreate and iColorama enable me to explore that idea constantly. What excites me about the future of this medium is the potential for apps and tablets as they become more and more sophisticated. I don’t see it as a replacement for other forms of Photography, everything has its place and this is just one strand but what is exciting is how illustration, painting, collage, printmaking and photography can become more merged and overlap working with tablets. Every day I feel really inspired and excited about iPhoneography.
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