When you’re in the Min H. Kao building and walking down the 4th floor atrium hallway, take a moment to stop and have a look at the artwork on the wall near room 429. It was created by artist Dana Potter, who is a graduate student in printmaking here at UT.
My artistic interest cultivates in the exponential integration of technology into mundane, daily life. The information gathered by online advertising organizations is used to create data-driven layouts for all users and file individualized profiles for selling merchandise. The possibility for a truly collaborative or truly individual digital experience is limited by corporate use of computer programming as a means for monetary gain. My artistic practice seeks to destabilize that model by questioning my daily, digital interactions through analog tools. Between the computer and the studio, I investigate my actions as intuitive or programmatic, passive or active, incidental or planned. Screen-printing, relief-printing, and photo-print processes are a natural way for me to trace, replicate, and modify images into variations and multiples. My artworks ask viewers to both question and celebrate the digital tools which define their daily rhythms.
In rural Iowa, just a few miles south of the Minnesota border, Dana Potter grew up in a small, tourist town called Okoboji. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Printmaking with a minor in Interactive Digital Studies from the University of Northern Iowa in 2015. Upon graduating, Potter’s major artistic accomplishments included the 2016 Southern Graphics Council International Undergraduate Fellowship Award and participation in Syracuse University’s 2014 Salt City Dozen national portfolio exchange. Following graduation Potter moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she took on a printmaking education internship at Highpoint Center for Printmaking and an art gallery assistant internship at The Soap Factory. Recently Potter’s work has been in both national and international exhibitions including the “2017 3rd Global Print,” Douro, Portugal; “2017 Beyond Printmaking 5,” Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas; and “Stand Out Prints 2016,” Highpoint Center for Printmaking, Minneapolis, MN.