Ross Racine, Subdivision: Greenfield Lakes, 2008
Digital drawing (inkjet print on archival paper)20.5"X15.5"
Ross RACINE Digital Drawing
Drawn freehand directly on the computer and printed with an inkjet printer, my drawings do not
contain any photographs nor scanned material.
As an inherently hybrid process combining the languages of drawing and computer imaging, my
practice brings together the opposite notions of handmade and technological, of organic and mechanical,
of physical and virtual. Combining technology with subjectivity, the work draws the viewer to an
awareness of the devices of image construction and to the complexities of fiction. In addition to dealing
with familiar concepts such as drawing and photography, we are now affected by the recontextualizing
effect of the new field of imaging.
Several related concerns run throughout the work: an investigation of image making, the
hybridization of the languages of drawing and computer imaging, and most importantly, a focus on the
The subjects of my work may be interpreted equally as models for planned communities or as
aerial views of fictional suburbs, reflecting the dual role of the computer as a tool for urban planning as
well as image capture. Encouraging a reflective attitude by its perpendicular and distant viewpoint, the
aerial view is used here to comment on society's occupation and transformation of the natural landscape.
In addition, the obviously invented nature of these suburbs exaggerates existing situations and drives the
subject matter into the investigative domain of science fiction. Examining the relation between design and
actual lived experience, the works subvert the apparent rationality of urban design, exposing conflicts that
lurk beneath the surface. These digital drawings are a comment on the fears as well as the dreams
expressed in suburban culture.