by Chalda Maloff
Digital painting, archival inks on gloss paper face-mounted onto plexiglass
5″ x 7″
12.7 x 17.7 cm
Art By Chalda Maloff
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 her graduate degree in this subject would yield her even less chance of scratching out a living than her undergraduate degree in Art History. It took her 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. Chalda Maloff has exhibited her art throughout North and South America. Recent juried shows include Honorable Mention in the “Beecher Digital Art Competition” at the Butler Institute of American Art and the Guerilla Painter Award in the Visual Arts Society of Texas 37th Annual Juried Show. Recent solo exhibits have been at the Houston Jung Center in Texas and Morris Graves Museum of Art in California. She holds a doctorate in Human Ecology, and lives in Austin, Texas.
My “Sea Jewels” series of artworks are underwater flights of the imagination, mini-vacations for the eye and the psyche. Each piece employs a mixture of aesthetic techniques designed to engage and stimulate.
Because I am a human ecologist, much of my art explores the interplay between an object and its environment. I often place a single marine figure in a semi-abstract, almost theatrical, setting and explore the various interactions that arise. An edge or boundary between two shapes or forms assumes pivotal significance in these interactions; it can act as sharp clean delineator, give rise to ambiguous prismic refractions, or melt into oblivion.
I chose the digital medium for its power to combine and synthesize various artistic effects, producing a host of visuals 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 the fantasy cosmos depicted in “Sea Jewels.”