|Born 1954, Miami Beach, Florida|
Shelley Lake received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL OF DESIGN in 1976. Her experimentation with art and technology began more than 35 years ago, as a computer science major at BROWN UNIVERSITY.
In 1979, Lake earned a Master of Science degree from the MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY and became the first female graduate of the Architecture Machine Group, the institution now known as the Media Lab. At MIT, she trained with HAROLD EDGERTON, pioneer in high speed photography and was a member of the first team to create an all slide optical videodisk. She was awarded a fellowship at the CENTER FOR ADVANCED VISUAL STUDIES, where she directed and produced experimental artworks.
In the 1980's, Lake created award-winning movies and images as a technical director at Digital Productions. Featured in numerous international art exhibitions and film festivals, she has won a Clio award, Japan's NICOGRAPH award for "Still Picture Computer Graphics Grand Prize", placed first in an AT&T Image Competition, and was a technical director for the Academy Award winning, THE LAST STARFIGHTER.
She also holds a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Cleveland Chiropractic College, and currently owns and operates SKY LAKE STUDIOS, a visionary computer graphics facility in Central Florida.
In addition to providing photographic services for artists, Dr. Lake experiments with ULTRA HIGH RESOLUTION DIGITAL CAMERAS in combination with large format archival printers to produce artworks which awe and inspire.
"Thinking of the computer as an intellectual and creative partner, instead of an inanimate tool, can lead to completely new esthetic experiences, making the computer analogous to art, as numeration is to the mathematician.
The computer, the most sophisticated machinery to date, and the camera, the most sophisticated art form of our time, when combined, can yield images of insurmountable quality and when divided, may never have been conceived at all. To consider every variant of the problem and every effect of the possibilities, I focus on the attributes of the computer, its ability to store, process and organize information, not on its efficiency or precision.
An understanding of the computer's core differentiates the machine from being a slave to being an alternate nervous system."
Shelley Lake, 1976