Cid Freitag

Artist Statement

I make art of what I want to see. In most cases, the scenes don’t already exist in a way that can be seen visually, so I create them.

I work in the medium of photomontage and digital image manipulation. Working in photomontage started out of practicality—it was simply more viable for me to assemble pieces of photographs than it was to draw. Over time, I realized that combining images into new contexts can weave spells of awareness and build new layers of meaning.

I work with themes and imagery that vary but for which I feel a sense of correctness to express senses of awe and wonder at scales that range from inner experiences to contemplation of the grand and infinite. These senses may be unverifiable according to science standards, but I hope they can be shared.

I feel a kinship between artistic and science processes. Each develops from roots in curiosity and holds a power to expand understanding. From the very small to the very large, the distant and the invisible, science can show us truths that we may not see or even comprehend as possible. Art can engage with shifts in perception, diving into the personal and the imaginal and emerging with new expressions of intuitions and experience.

At their most powerful, the works of artists and scientists can extend from esoteric knowledge to a broader public shared awareness. Blending art and science bridges a gap between complementary ways of imagining possibilities, searching for meaning, interpreting discoveries, and communicating significance.

Two of Freitag’s pieces, “The Builders” and “Within Each Cell a Symphony,” will be on display during the Data Science Research Bazaar Poster Session & Art Exhibit.