Demithan appropriates an A4 flatbed scanner to record the surface of figures and objects and then composes these multiple views to create her poetic, layered images. She considers this process a method of painting with light and relishes the elements of time and control required by the meticulous practice of digital scanning. The layers of construction and deconstruction as the work depends and develops are a contrast to our prevailing Instagram culture of instant gratification.

Demithan addresses the human condition. Her work stems from a fascination with capturing the physical appearance and personality, the essence, of her fellow human beings. She is continually seeking new ways to achieve this end. In using digital scanning, Demithan reconstructs the eye's activity in looking. Her scanography technique emerged from her dissatisfaction with photography and painting. She playfully subverts the flatbed scanner's prosaic function of duplicating documents by using it to produce richly hued portraits.

The performative process of making the work is of utmost significance to Demithan. It is partly collaborative, a form of communication between subject and artist. Her work captures the animation of her subjects, from giggling children to elegant women and dignified elders. She eliminates the binary distinction between vertical and horizontal, stillness and movement. She captures the fleeting expression of a human face. Although she works with digital technology, Demithan's works possess the aura, to borrow Walter Benjamin;'s word, and beauty inherent tin early photographic portraiture.

Demithan is not trying to clone her subjects, although they are scanned piece by piece and reconstructed. The experience of her work is antithetical to the images produced by a hospital MRI scanner or a 3D printer. Her powerful efforts to capture a subject's presence reveals the person, and illustrates how a pure recording of data could only fail. The composite images she creates are mechanical records of her sitters that also capture the emotion of the collaboration: the expression on a person's face, caught in the act of wing recorded.

Artist Biography

Maitha Demithan is an Emirati artist born in Dubai in 1989. Her work combines several mediums; photography, scanography, painting, drawing and photo transfers.

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Maitha Demithan
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Demithan appropriates an A4 flatbed scanner to record the surface of figures and objects and then composes these multiple views to create her poetic, layered images. She considers this process a method of painting with light and relishes the elements of time and control required by the meticulous practice of digital scanning. The layers of construction and deconstruction as the work depends and develops are a contrast to our prevailing Instagram culture of instant gratification.

Demithan addresses the human condition. Her work stems from a fascination with capturing the physical appearance and personality, the essence, of her fellow human beings. She is continually seeking new ways to achieve this end. In using digital scanning, Demithan reconstructs the eye's activity in looking. Her scanography technique emerged from her dissatisfaction with photography and painting. She playfully subverts the flatbed scanner's prosaic function of duplicating documents by using it to produce richly hued portraits.

The performative process of making the work is of utmost significance to Demithan. It is partly collaborative, a form of communication between subject and artist. Her work captures the animation of her subjects, from giggling children to elegant women and dignified elders. She eliminates the binary distinction between vertical and horizontal, stillness and movement. She captures the fleeting expression of a human face. Although she works with digital technology, Demithan's works possess the aura, to borrow Walter Benjamin;'s word, and beauty inherent tin early photographic portraiture.

Demithan is not trying to clone her subjects, although they are scanned piece by piece and reconstructed. The experience of her work is antithetical to the images produced by a hospital MRI scanner or a 3D printer. Her powerful efforts to capture a subject's presence reveals the person, and illustrates how a pure recording of data could only fail. The composite images she creates are mechanical records of her sitters that also capture the emotion of the collaboration: the expression on a person's face, caught in the act of wing recorded.

Artist Biography

Maitha Demithan is an Emirati artist born in Dubai in 1989. Her work combines several mediums; photography, scanography, painting, drawing and photo transfers.

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