ABOUT THE WORK
It is said that Claude Monet had such sensitivity to subtle shifting hues, that he could look at the wall of his indoor studio, which was across from a window, and know the exact time of day. In this spirit of capturing the nuances of transient moments, I did a series of artworks referencing Monet’s famous water lily paintings. “Reality Check Saturday at an Unknown Hour” is one of this series. Various aesthetic techniques within this artwork, in particular around the transparent face, have their roots in the days when I was doing stage makeup for some of the drama productions at Mills.
I select the digital medium for its power to combine and synthesize various artistic effects, producing a host of impressions that would not be possible with any natural medium. Beyond this, the extraordinary options of art software allow for a superior inventive flow in the development of an image, making it the ideal tool for creating a fantasy cosmos.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Chalda Maloff studied Computer Science in the early 1970’s, when it was considered by many to be a quirky field of endeavor with limited practical application. She was told that a graduate degree in this subject would yield even less chance of scratching out a living than her undergraduate degree in Art History.
It took Maloff decades to bring together in a serious way her two passions of art and technology. During the interim, she worked in oils, acrylics, aquatint, and clay. The facility she gained with the various mediums served her well, preparing her for a time when she would be using computer software that allowed her to switch from one simulated medium to another with the click of a mouse.
Maloff’s art has been exhibited throughout North and South America and in Europe. Recent awards include the Guerilla Painter Award from the Visual Arts Society of Texas and Second Mention of Honor at the VIII Salón de Arte Digital in Venezuela. Recent solo exhibits have been at the Morris Graves Museum of Art in California and Ceres Gallery in New York City.
Chalda Maloff holds a doctorate in Human Ecology, and she lives in Austin, Texas.