|The Legend of the Urban Totem Poles by Fred Marinello|
I am in a digital art show. That’s a long way from my studies of oil, tempera and fresco painting in my youth and 40 odd years as an teaching artist/art educator. I have often been asked, “Why do you make your art?.” I seek answers to fundamental questions about the nature of art, the world and human experience. I then have the need to express these explorations in artistic expressions. These expressions are based on the fundamentals and theories of art, and design, but I refuse to create into a coherent Grand Theory Of Art. I choose a very personal approach using what I had developed as my own imagery and symbolism.
Earlier Acrylic Paintings
The paintings were merged together and changed with several filters in Photoshop CS for a background layer.
Merged Painting Images
Transforming the Telephone Pole Images
The telephone poles photos had their backgrounds removed and various element of the line and poles were selected, textured and colorized. The pole images were then juxtaposed to create the line composition and then merged into a single layer.
Urban Totem Poles [Final Version]
Now that you know how the image became what it is, it may also be interesting to know the legend behind the vision. Totem poles are like an umbilical cord to the land, it sustains our culture. The word totem is derived from the Ojibwe word odoodem - his totem, his kinship group. In the city it is the telephone pole that ties us to others and is an basic part of our contemporary culture. It is the symbol of our bonding with others and our need to be in touch with our group. Hence, Urban Totem Poles.
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