The Lacemaker is one of Acevedo's most famous works.
It was exhibited at the ACM/SIGGRAPH98 Art Show in Orlando, Florida, July
19-24 1998. Concurrently it was featured in the gallery section of the
magazine called Computer Graphics World (Volume 21 No. 7). The following
year it was featured in the ACM/SIGGRAPH documentary called The Story
of Computer Graphics.
Acevedo: The Lacemaker is an homage
to the famous same-titled painting by Johannes Vermeer, circa 1665. I
was always fascinated how Dali became obsessed with this image for a time
in the middle 1950s. He went on to paint his own abstracted rendering
of it in about 1955, which is quite nice.
For my version, I took the original photograph of a friend on New Year's
Eve 1995. I hadn't deliberately set out to do it, but all the elements
came together in a split second of recognition. Not consciously posing,
she happened to be reassembling a bracelet that had come undone. She appeared
to be emulating the posture of the woman in Vermeer's painting - at that
instant, I snapped the picture.
As a student, Vermeer and early Velasquez were influences, of mine. I
loved how they took everyday life as their subject. The 1995 New Year's
Eve synchronicity underscores my continuing interest in everyday life
as seen, recorded and then digitally re-visioned into a kind of meta-physical