The Great Attractor evolved from a working process of painting and writing notations, on digitally printed photo-collages. A poem/book emerged from that process that reveals a story about seeking guidance and inspiration. The vision of the landscape transforms from an exterior view to an interior self exploration. On reflection the question arises, what draws us to our choice of direction? Are we compelled by seductive images that appeal because they are subliminally familiar, or can we recognize a radical new direction and set an alternate path? The original hand-painted book/journal is reproduced with a digital printing process using Epson pigment inks on 100% cotton rag paper. It saddle stitched by hand with a soft canvas cover that is lined with red and gold striped cotton fabric.
Dana Smith, Currently lives and maintains a studio in San Francisco, California, USA. In 2004 Dana Smith founded a fine arts digital press called Dana Dana Dana with a focus on very small edition, hand-made books, and digital monoprints that combine traditional mediums such as drawing and painting, silkscreen, woodcut, or stencil, with digital media. The books and print editions have traveled to book fairs and galleries and museum exhibitions world wide, and are housed in libraries and private collections internationally, including: The Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts at The Legion of Honor in San Francisco, CA, The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Standford University, and Library of Congress, among others.