Digital tools in fine arts

Expanding the creative process with digital tools

Since at least the 15th century, artists have used presses and other analog tools to create two dimensional prints and three-dimensional physical artworks. Since 2017, Assistant Professor Susanna Crum, in the IU Southeast Department of Fine Arts, has expanded the toolbox using 21st-century computer-driven tools – such as digital imaging software and CNC (Computer Numerical Control) tools – to transform two-dimensional objects like maps into unique three-dimensional artworks.

The Watershed Globe, Suzanne Crum's most recent work, combines a cast plaster globe, printed maps, and video animation to explore how the Ohio River has been represented differently in maps over time.