About The Series

People of the Public Domain is an exploration of archival imagery as art; colorful memories of our cultural heritage now freely streaming into the digital commons for the next generation. This series captures moments in time and preserves them as fine art prints; a fitting analog tribute to our rich historical past.

About The Prints

These limited edition giclée prints are representations of footage from the National Archives, interpreted as vector illustrations in the style of silkscreen prints. Each museum quality print has a unique identifier, color palette, and certificate of authenticity signed by the artist.

Several of these illustrations were used to promote the International Amateur Scanning League in a poster campaign to promote digitization of the National Archives. These works are dedicated to the public domain and freely available to download.

All of these works will be available as a limited edition art book available in 2011

About The Artist

Rebecca Hargrave Malamud is a visual artist, information designer and media activist who has been working in and around print technologies for 25 years and weaving the web since there was one.

This series gives her the opportunity to re-examine her first love in art school — the silkscreen print. The visual style for this series was chosen to convey the sense of speed associated with the moving image and transferring large quantities of data.

A new series, Waypoints, is already in production for 2011, and a website featuring the video that inspired the prints is under development.

Portraits In Progress

Art Serving Art

This series is inspired by the International Amateur Scanning League whose teamwork liberated the video footage upon which this series is based. Several of the visuals in this series have served active duty in the public domain as merit badges awarded to citizen archivists of the #IASL.

123 swatches and counting.
20" x 25" framed / 19"W x 24"H matted
$300 framed / $150 unframed