Featured Art Collection by Jungle Eye
For the last 8 years, Ashley Christudason has been refining various layering techniques associated with digital collage art – turning existing art and photography into reconfigured conceptualizations that he sees both in dreams and visions.
Ashley’s mediums for creation include Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, his Canon 600D Camera and a host of art-related apps. He begins with collating images from various sources on the web, which are then kept in folders to be picked and selected during the digital collage process. These images can range from 18th century formalist paintings to abstract digital designs shared on the public domain. An image is then chosen as the ‘foundation’ or base-layer of the collage, ready to begin the unification of collated imagery. By combining his own photography in the collage, he wishes to challenge visual perceptions about the ‘realness’ of the image after aggressive digital manipulation. Each finished piece (often containing 50 or more layers) then becomes a potential layer for newer works, thus allowing for a recycling or re-incarnation of the old with the new. Since this process has been going on for 6 years, his most recent pieces contain reconfigurations & transmutations of more than 900 layers of imagery, interwoven & remixed into a single image, which then becomes a new layer altogether, et al. Because of the integration of so many layers, visual data used lose their original form/code and gain new forms/become recoded during the process of creation.
When trying to come up with a title for the very first collage, the name ‘Jungle Eye’ instantly came to mind. He later concluded that this title was a synonym for one’s 3rd eye. The 3rd eye (according to him) is the viewer & key to inter-dimensional vision, the light penetrator of the richest darkness & the knower of oneness in all things.
A never-ending fascination with the meaning of our existence & everything our eyes cannot see although open, are two of the many building blocks that make up his being. He seeks to convey the necessity of keeping a free-imagination for the ultimate experience of self-infinity. This is the process of knowing that you are a part of everything – the ability to see yourself in ALL things. This is the principle-philosophy that guides him through his work – that ALL things are connected, that we are all indeed ONE.
By Ashley Christudason