As an artist, I took the hands-on approach
and started small in this revolutionary
medium. And it is a revolution! Recording light in space and
space itself is a quantum leap from other art media. For me there
is always the question, the mystery of what will happen when
I explore some new concept. I question the medium itself. Unlike
the established art media, the unending possibilities of holography
are to be explored! For me there are many ideas to bring to an
Anaït spoke in Defining
Traditions 1969 - 1996 and was presented with a lifetime achievement
award for her outstanding contribution to the field of creative
Anaït Arutunoff Stephens died
during the preparations for this postcard collection, leaving
behind a legacy of pioneering work, uncompromising views and
a quality of perseverance which not only typifies her as an artist
but also the medium of creative holography.
She was invited to speak at Art in
Holography2 because of her creative perspective, diligence against
many odds, and desire to continue exploring, searching for answers
locked within the light she worked with. She almost didn't speak,
convinced that no one was interested in her activities - nervous
about exposing herself, yet again, to colleagues and 'younger'
artists who found it difficult to see past the apparent strength
of her persona, to the quality of pioneering work which lay behind.
A great deal of persuasion went on, behind the scenes, and she
made her presentation - the last - in front of a curious and
professional international audience. The session in which she
spoke was the bedrock and 'opening' of the symposium. Those who
were present experienced a punctuation in the poignant and intense
history of the medium.
Obituary by Margaret