Longhofer, Michael Todd
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ABSTRACT By combining the image of the human figure with different types of visual manipulations, I investigate how intimately the figure and the ground can be intertwined. For the purpose of conceptually exploring the human existence and its surroundings, I manipulate the figure-ground organization. I immerse the human being into an environment using technology (computers, cameras, and software) and demonstrate how the human figure participates with the background or another object. My investigation of a figure-ground inversion in painting brings together traditional painting methods with new digital technology to show the tensions between focus and ground, object and subject, humanity and nature.