The techniques Diana Jahns uses in her photo montage and mixed media collages are, on the surface, easy techniques to master. But that’s not what gives her art a quality. Rather, it is her aesthetic that lifts the work to more than a technical accomplishment, a product. Anyone can use photoshop but not everybody has an acute sense of colour, balance and instinct. You can’t programme that, you can’t make it, you can only develop it over time, be aware, alive to possibility, chance and play. Jahns’ work has all these elements.
Her work begins with an accident, a photograph quickly taken. It is then manipulated, layered and altered in photoshop with the final image arrived at through intuition; a connection, a combination that lets itself be seen. Here’s what she says about the process:
As I work I apply my painter’s sensibilities to develop and enhance the image as it progresses. My intuition guides me as I draw connections and define relationships within images. The methodical and layered process of digital image editing has also moved me to examine my inner creative process more deeply.
On her site she quotes Marcel Proust; “The real voyage of discovery lies not in seeking new lands but in seeing with fresh eyes”.
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