Piece description from the artist
My experience with Japanese sumi-e painting, photography and Zen practice, converge into my collage work. Through these multi-faceted and divergent influences, I discover myself, and the connections of seemingly unconnected forces. Creating imagery is a journey that uncovers the unity and equality between animals, humans and nature, and the pleasure of allowing these connections to be revealed is what drives me into the process of image-making and experimentation. Through this work of uncovering the underlying inter-dependent nature of all things, the creative process becomes a spiritual journey.
Bina Altera was born 1972 in Jersey City, NJ, where she had an endless supply of vanilla ice cream with rainbow sprinkles and a view of Manhattan from her rooftop. She graduated from the Art Institute of Boston with a concentration in illustration. After graduation she began working as a commercial artist for clients such as The Atlantic Monthly and New York Times Magazine creating editorial "photo-illustration":http://www.webopedia.com/TERM/P/photo_illustration.html.
In 2002 Bina’s focus shifted to fine art and she began to search for her true form of expression. When Bina isn’t drawing and painting, she is photographing, cooking, drifting and dreaming. She also teaches classes in Continuing Education at the School of Visual Arts and has a studio in Brooklyn, NY.