Multimedia artist Graham Fink is recognised as one of the world’s most respected, and highly awarded, creative minds. Fink is a multimedia practitioner working in the fields of photography, film, painting, drawing and technology.
Graham Fink’s career over the years has been defined by never being entirely satisfied with the status quo, whether in the world of advertising, or in the world of art. Fink has long explored ideas of the subconscious and creativity through works spanning video, installation, photography, and painting, he tries to understand the principles behind artistic practices and new creative expressions.
As a child Fink was preoccupied with faces, these images you see with your mind’s eye. He would see them in clouds, rocks, fires and cracks in the walls and concrete. Graham said “when you think about it, faces must be the things that we look at more than anything in this world. I wondered if it would be possible to put them down on paper or canvas in a completely new and interesting way”
Graham discussed with some research companies, who specialise in using eye tracking for advertisements, gauging if they look at the headline first or body copy or the image, etc. They do this by tracking the line of the eye movement and then visualise it on the screen, so you could see these direct images emerge from the way people looked at something. He then got the idea that you could use this technology to create images, and ultimately, that you could draw with your own eyes.
In 2001 Fink set up his own production company, thefinktank – a conceptual production company. Graham is a great believer in nurturing young talent and launched theartschool in 2005 (described as Britain’s most radical art school), holding sessions in venues as diverse as the House of Commons. He is represented by Riflemaker gallery in London.
Graham Fink sits behind a computer staring intently at a blank computer screen. Out of nowhere, lines start to emerge, slowly taking on the characteristics of disturbing and broken portraits of faces. This is Drawing with my Eyes, where visitors can witness the artist using neither his hand nor any other instrument but his eyes to create his striking line contour images.
Fink’s process involves custom eye-tracking software to transform his gaze into a medium. The challenge? “I have to trust on my subconscious completely,” Fink admits The Creators Project.