DAM: What has surprised you the most in the year and a half of operating DAM?
DIVINA: It was very surprising to find out how many great digital artist were out there, trying to share with the viewers their feelings through the images they create. When I first became involved in this project, it was a big challenge. Not many artists wanted to participate with us before the museum was open. But after we first opened, we received lots of submissions right away. That was very fulfilling. It was like we had discovered a universe full of art and artists that were waiting for a place to be seen and appreciated.
DAM: What has been your biggest pleasure about operating DAM?
DIVINA: The biggest pleasure has been to help digital artists promote their creations. Another big pleasure has been to to receive recognition by being reviewed in apple.com, spotlighted at one of the best computer publications--Mac Today Magazine--and the subject of a feature article in the Dallas Morning News.
DAM: What has been your biggest disappointment in relation to the operation of DAM?
DIVINA: The lack of participation and support to maintain the site.
DAM: Do you have a vision for the future of DAM?
DIVINA: Yes, I visualize DAM not as a virtual site only. The big project is to build a live DAM in the near future, where the artists can show their printed artwork. This may help to educate the viewers about what digital art is. For now my vision is to continue this journey by building one of the largest digital art collections around he world.
DAM: In relation to your own art, do you proceed from an idea as inspiration or do you create the work and then determine its meaning?
DIVINA: My art is created from a strange force that is inside me, as a passionate and sensitive person. My emotions build up inside me and the result emerges in the form of digital painting. Working with digital art is an exploration of my own interior. The meaning is in the result of the work, and every one can give a different meaning to what I create.
DAM: Why do you create digital art?
DIVINA: Because I have a need to express and share what I feel within. I find that I can recreate my emotions using digital tools. I started creating art in the traditional way by using oils and pastels, but painting never fulfilled my expressive need as it is being fulfilled now. When I started using the computer, I learned that it was the right and perfect tool for me--the possibilities are infinite. There is so much to learn and so much experimentation is possible that I cannot imagine being bored by creating digital art pieces for the rest of my life.
DAM: How do you know when one of your work of digital art is finished?
DIVINA: When I feel it! I just know it, it is like a sixth sense, the
art itself tells me, that is it, I am ready!
DAM: Is your creative ability to make digital art a constant thing, or does it increase and decrease in strength?
DIVINA: Like anybody else it comes and goes. Sometimes the muse is there and I free it, sometimes I know it is there but nothing happens because I don't awake the muse, I let it sleep. The inspiration is always there. It is just a matter of being willing to do what makes the difference.
DAM: What is your biggest dream in relation to digital art?
DIVINA: To be able to continue creating it. To be recognized as a pioneer of the field. To continue helping others to succeed. To see digital art hanging at traditional galleries and museums.
DAM: You seem to prefer to create art with a wide variety of bright colors. Is this use of vivid colors personal to you or does it reflect your inspiration by any particular artist or culture?
DIVINA: I use bright colors because my life is full of them. I cannot visualize the world only in black and white. A black and white world would be interesting, but that is not the way I see the world, and the bright colors are part of my colorful and intense personality.
DAM: Recently, you have created a series of works in which your eye is incorporated in the work. Is there some intended meaning or purpose for this recurring device?
DIVINA: Yes, I am looking at the viewers through my eye. I like to go further--I pretend to trespass and get inside the person who is viewing my artwork, do you know what I mean? I am inside the art piece.
DAM: Do you know why you have been inspired to create works with this "eye" motif?
DIVINA: No, I don't know where that inspiration comes from. I just know that in this period I have an extreme need to incorporate eyes in my artwork. There is an incredible variety of emotions that can be transmitted by the eye. Remember the eye is the mirror of the soul. Can you see my eye? Then you can see what is inside me. It is a communion between you and I.
DAM: Many of your works appear infinite, as if we are being granted a small glimpse of a vast universe which would unfold if the viewer could enter the picture. How do you create this appearance of vastness?
DIVINA: By giving depth to my work, by blurring the front and sharpening the back, using perspective. Technically that is what I am doing, using the infinite to represent depth. I add mystery and the third dimension to the art piece, making it visually very appealing and emotionally very intense.
DAM: What is your greatest technical virtue in creating your art? What emotions inspire you the most to create art?
DIVINA: All of them. As I explained, I am a passionate and expressive person. I have a strong temperament. I am extremely sensitive--Love, depression, loneliness, desire, passion, sadness, happiness, madness, eroticism, softness, sweetness and many more emotions are part of my being. My inside is like a rainbow, it is full of colors and emotions, so is my life. I am an intense woman and it is easy to tell by looking at my works. Technically, my virtue perhaps is the perception and knowledge that I have in managing colors and programs.
DAM: As a singer, comparing the experience of performing music with the experience of creating digital art, does the absence of direct feedback and personal connection with your audience in the art world make that creative field less fulfilling for you than music?
DIVINA: I can't compare the two because to me nothing is missing. When I create artwork, I am performing, I am connected. The point is not to have a big audience staring at me; rather, the point is to express my feelings by creating. Call it singing, writing or painting, I know that somehow, somewhere, someday, someone will be connected to me through mymartwork and that is what it is all about, to give, to share and what really fulfills me.
DAM: If we could enter the realm of your imagination, what would we experience?
DIVINA: It would be extremely confusing for you. I am an inexplicable being, and so is my imagination. I live in a fantasy world, full of colors, images and feelings. It is actually a fun world, where anything is possible and anything can happen. It is an endless world full of forms, shapes, lines, needs and excitements.
DAM: Is there some secret about the art you create that you could share that would help the viewer understand it better?
DIVINA: The secret is the meaning. If you are prepared to expose yourself and be a part of my world of fantasies, you'll understand me and my work.
DAM: How do you feel about your computer?
DIVINA: I love it!
DAM: What is your proudest accomplishment as a digital artist so far in your career?
DIVINA: To have one of my works accepted as a Photoshop User Magazine Cover in January-February 2001. My piece IN THE EYE OF THE UNIVERSE was published as a cover of that fine publication, and that really made me proud and excited, as it was a big accomplishment.
DAM: What creative projects are you currently working on that excite you the most?
DIVINA: My main and actual project as you know is DigitalArtMuseum.com. I will try to give my best to continue helping others. I am still working on my "eyes" series. I have created approximately 750 pieces in this series. I am showing my work in different art galleries around the country, and I am planning on having more live shows with my digital art. About my singing career, I am working on a new recording where I will perform cuban music. I am working with some of the best cuban musicians in history and that makes me very excited. I am full of projects, but the best one is to be happy by doing what I do.
DAM: In your series of figurative works, the women in the works appear to be in the midst of a mystical experience, with eyes glowing and distant as if experiencing some special vision or magical knowledge. What are they seeing?
DIVINA: As I said before, the eyes are the mirror to the soul. These women that I created in my past artwork are seeing the infinite. They are trying to awaken the viewer's curiosity. They are me.
DAM: A number of your abstract works appear to have a strong erotic content. How can you create an abstraction that is powerfully erotic?
DIVINA: Eroticism naturally flows out of me. If you can feel it through my work, that means that we are connected at the same level.
DAM: Do you have a favorite digital creation?
DIVINA: Yes I do, I think one of my favorites is IN THE EYE OF THE UNIVERSE for the content and the satisfaction this piece has given me, but from my recent work it is this piece that I started by using a photograph of a dry rose that I took with my digital camera. It is called LOVE MUTATIONS, it is a series of four pieces but the first piece is just incredibly beautiful and expressive to me. You can understand me through it.
DAM: Your works are both emotionally intense, yet sensitive and
delicate. Is this a reflection of your personality?
DIVINA: Yes, of course it is.
DAM: Describe your first computer and how you felt when you first saw it.
DIVINA: My first computer was a LC III Macintosh with 4 megabytes of ram and a very small hard drive. When I first saw it, I felt very happy. It was a big accomplishment, as I worked hard to be able to buy it, and it wasn't easy. It was expensive, and it was a big dream to own it, and I am
very happy I got it at the time because that helped me to understand and learn about what I know now.
DAM: Thank you Guadalupe Divina.