Anna Gabali, London Member Since April 2009 Artist Statement Hello, My name is Anna Gabali and I am a digital artist and teach multimedia, imaging software in a London college. I had a few exhibitions in London. But since I had my son managing work, exhibitions and family was rather hard. I can’t afford sitting 18 hours at my desk anymore. So I work when I am free, from my teaching duties (holidays), which are extremely rare nowadays. My encounter with digital media was 1997, when I was asked by my then boss to start designing flyers. I then explored the potentials of digital and multimedia, I went to study multimedia and gained a Postgraduate Diploma with Birkbeck College (London). I am pursuing feelings and emotions and not perfection in my digital practise. My art is spiritual and is prone to reactions. I am also use anything digital for my work, I have a Sony A200 (for pictures), and my computer is loaded, with software; 3D, imaging, editing and Fractal. I usually start with a blank project and let my imagination, and feelings do the work, and the computer helps by trying this and that. Looking at my artwork unfolding is like looking at a plant growing in a natural environment. My best critics are my students, and they say: - "Your art is kind of weird but nice" - "You are very spiritual" - "I want to learn with you" - "I just love your Buddha, can I put on my blog?" - "Thanks Anna, you have inspired me and I want to become a graphic designer". Many do see digital artists as lazy and think that the computer does it all. But a computer has to be told what to before it can compute, render any graphic. There is a great input from the artist too. For my part, I send a big thank you to all the programmers out there, who have made it possible for me and others to be creative with a dumb machine.