Peter Milton

Peter Milton

Santa Monica, CA
Dress Rehearsal, 2009, Digital Print
18 x 26

Formerly an etcher/engraver, I am now more a collagist who stumbled upon the computer as the most effective tool of assemblage. The digital print then becomes the only way the image can be seen in the “real” world. This gives the digital print the genuine status of an original, rather than that of a reproduction.

A computer can give me as many as 400 layers; all are worked on and transformed to varying degree. I developed this way of working in layers as a etcher in the late 60’s, combining drawings on transparent sheets of Mylar, (then) transferring the assemblage to copper to etch and finally extensively engrave to produce the final image. Recently, I turned to the computer for its potential for greater complexity and the thrill of an entirely new experience.

One real debate with computer work could be its loss of palpable touch. I cast about for possible credible textural equivalents in the new medium.