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"Do not be fooled into thinking that Eames is a computer geek. As the founder of the first bachelors degree in Drawing at Camberwell College of Art which began in 1998, her passion and life is about drawing; its physicality and prevalence in the world. Her use of computers can be seen as defiance as she sways between fear and contempt of the possibilities of technology and downright practical analysis. In her own words: ‘My priority is drawing. A driving force is the promotion of a less electronic dependent society and the work is a comment via questioning… We’ll all suffer if technology is allowed to develop devoid of association with human thinking and needs.’

This said, Eames is simply getting on with her artistic practice, a lifelong investigation of surface, layer, texture and space. This bigger concern about the world at large looms clearly in two recent series. Developing the texture and essence of the pixel, landscapes have appeared within her work where there had been a predilection for objects. The veil series with titles such as SHIMMER stem from childhood memories of living in Bahrain. These beautiful images of
rippling or billowing fabric are built as wireframe drawings in three dimensional space. This visible framework, exacerbated in the pixelated texture comments on what the façade of a veil may hide. Eames comments on how our human desire to try to order the planet is now backfiring on us.

It is this constant fight against the human instinct of order and classification that can be traced through Eames’ work. In 1984 she understood that to defy that instinct in herself, to not become a machine, she must work with machines. I’m worried’ says Eames of technology, ‘that man will succumb and relinquish the capacity to think, possibly the desire to do, resulting in a self-imposed and unequivocal shift in human ambition and direction.’ Eames has spent twenty years working with computers and has a unique relationship to them that is lost to most of us slouched over our keyboards. By being outside her comfort zone she has stayed an independent voice and an independent artist."
(Extract from WOUND Magazine 2008)

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