Carmin Karasic is a software engineer and digital artist. She currently works part time as a software quality engineer. When she's not testing software, she's usually working on some aspect of digital art. She may be creating new art, interning for a computer art project, or creating a web page probono. She is also the Chairman of the MJT Dance Company Board of Directors.
She received an Bachelor of Science Degree in Math from Suffolk University in Boston. She would have met Suffolk's present requirements for a Computer Science degree, had they offered one at the time. Upon graduation, the Math Department honored Carmin for her important contributions to their community.
Carmin has 17 years experience in information systems application development and in software development. In that time she has worked in the Boston metro area, progressing steadily from programmer to technical manager. She has worked at Teradyne Inc., Polaroid Corp., Lotus Development Corp. and Fidelity Investments. She managed Lotus' Human Resources Systems and Financial Systems. Carmin managed a hypertext development project at Fidelity, until she realized she was a digital artist trapped in a Project Manager's body. This simple realization changed her life. She decided to trade the glory of management for the personal satisfaction of creating digital art.
In 1995 Carmin began studying digital art at Mass College of Art. She returned to Lotus as a member of the Lotus Notes Quality Engineering team. She left Lotus to become the Resident Artist for the DoWhile Studio, in Boston. The residency allowed her to explore many technical areas, including animation, audio and video editing, 3D modeling, technical considerations for printing digital images, and web design. During her residency, she learned to appreciate the artist's responsibility to the community at large. She also decided to commit herself to introducing computers to urban youth through art.
I first became interested in digital art in 1986 when I got my first personal computer. At that time I was visiting the Media Lab at MIT and was introduced to LOGO and LISP programming languages, and Artificial Intelligence. I started playing with LOGO on my 1 MB Atari800, which was connected to a Sony Trinitron TV receiver. Mainly I was interested in creating non-objective, abstract, geometric patterns using LOGO to paint the designs. Later around 1991 I bought an Amiga 500 while volunteering at the Mass College of Art, Computer Arts Learning Center. I started using 'Deluxe Paint III', 'Photon Paint', and 'Sculpt 3D', all good programs for their time. I also started learning a few IBM based paint programs as well, AT&T 'Topas' and 'Retina'. All of these programs gave me more control over graphics, and I began exploring SF/fantasy imagery and more representational approaches.
In 1991 I began working in the MassArt library where I got my first VAX based e-mail account, and became immersed in multiple Internet connections. Eventually, I purchased a Macintosh Quadra 660AV and started learning Adobe Photoshop, Fractal Design Painter, and Abode Illustrator. Since then I've been digitizing images of my own earlier mixed media work, digital photography, and rendering it in Photoshop and Painter. Since I've been employed in the MassArt computer lab, I've had the opportunity to investigate and experiment with many Macintosh applications as part of my job, including: Virtus VR, Fractal Design Poser, and Ray Dream Designer. Recently I purchased a Wacom tablet, now I very rarely touch my mouse, and have realized the Zen of digital computer art.
I find this opportunity to explore world culture and myth facinating, and very exciting. My own ancestry is rooted primarily in unknown African peoples, possibly from Nigeria. Others are from a three-tribe confederacy of indigenous peoples of the North American Great Plains, the Siksika Nation, taking its name from the principle tribe, the Siksika (Blackfeet) possibly named for soot on moccasins; the others were the Bloods and the Piegans. My great, great grandmother was full-blood. To acknowledge and venerate the spirits of those of my own ancient ancestors, I've gathered audio and visual material to incorporate into the Internet performance. I'm a single parent, live in Cambridge, Massachusetts with my 13-year-old son, who inherited my Amiga 500, and also owns a Macintosh classic B&W.