After reading “Milton Glaser: Graphic Design” by Milton Glaser and “Thoughts on Design” by Paul Rand, Dunham pursued her interest in graphic design at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. As a design student in the seventies, she was influenced by German architect Walter Gropius who founded the Staatliches Bauhaus, an institution still renowned for its approach to teaching and integrating craft, design and the fine arts. Teachers there - Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, and Josef Albers have all been influential. She worked in the field of graphic design until 1996 when she began an event design business which lead her to the Hamptons where she later became the gallery assistant to Mark Borghi. Now living in the Philadelphia area, Dunham continues private art consulting and works on her own studio practice translating conceptual ideas into forms, space and symbols across varied disciplines.
About the process:
The process of making “digital prints” on archival fine art paper or alternative substrates may be more parallel to painting or drawing than print making. In print making, typically pigment is transferred from a plate, stone or screen making an impression which can be duplicated resulting in multiples (editions). Digital “pigment prints” are not made from an impression or transfer of pigment; the mechanics of print heads deliver the inks creating a digital image with droplets of ink onto the chosen substrate. Although duplication is possible, Dunham’s practice is about digital painting. Compositions are made with key strokes and mechanical hardware rather than a brush with pigment; the principles of conceptual thought, color theory and design and the decisions one makes regarding composition and palette working in any medium remain essential acquired assets in an artist's arsenal; technology has only provided a new instrument and the knowledge and ability to use the instruments in a compelling way is as personal and unique to one working in this space.