Mansa K. Mussa
Over the past five years I’ve developed a technique of digital abstract photography and collage I call iPadology. It utilizes the Apple iPad to create a style of gestural layering using dance figures, still photographs, architecture, paper, text, and geometric shapes to design a new form of ExpressiveArts. The goal is to manipulate the photographic image with broad strokes, little touches, and small flourishes to give the art added meaning and purpose. The images are then edited with photo apps to produce optical illusions that can printed on paper, fabric, and metal.
During the P/Q/C (the Pandemic/Quarantine/Covid-19 period of 2020-21), iPadology was my primary art form. I sent the images to dancers with the message to maintain Hope and Faith, to Dream, Dance, Breath, Soar, and to keep their BALANCE. I was very surprised by the positive reactions I received from people who are not dancers. This process was a source of healing for me during the P/Q/C, especially since the dance images were created during my forty-four-year sojourn as a dance artist, concert dancer, dance teacher, and photographer.