|FEATURE ARTIST TINA COGGINS|
© 2003 Tina Coggins
Tina Coggins is an artist and graphic/web designer living on the central coast of California. She writes about one of her inspired pieces, "After Mahler":
What possible music can be the backdrop to the story of one's life when one is so enmeshed in drama? I'd been in the mood for a thunderstorm. Not a few cracks and rumbles, but full on, orchestrated-by-God, hair-on-end symphonies of ear-splitting celestial cracks of the whip and bass drum solos.
A fellow artist friend and I many times discuss our art, or motivations, successes, failures -- the gamut. And one thing we've both found is that many times when working with fractals, we end up with something that exactly matches our moods and desires at the time. "After Mahler" was certainly that for me.
Fractals have been a
passion of mine since the summer of 1998. Having a background in Fine Art, I
was captivated by the colors and blends one can achieve with fractals that
are almost impossible to achieve with paint and canvas. I was always into
realism, and have been drawing portraits ever since childhood, when my grade
school and high-school friends requested pictures of themselves.
It has always seemed silly
to me, as an artist before I ever even touched a computer, to draw lines in
the cyber-sand regarding the validity of digital and fractal art as art.
After all, what is a computer but a tool, much like the pencil or pen?
In the hands of an artist, it will create art, just as surely as a
paintbrush will. My concern is with the art itself, not so much the
media used to create it. Does it move me in some way? If so, then I
consider it art.