Janna Coker is an artist and designer based in Portland, Oregon.
Her primary body of work, Neon Vintage, is a series of drawings and paintings inspired by computer-altered antique family photographs. Each piece celebrates both the sentimental artifact of the original snapshot as well as the technology she uses to transform it first, then recreate by viewing closely on the screen. By zooming in on the resulting simulacrum she is able to draw and paint it in fine details.
"I choose photos that appeal to me as romantic, sentimental, boring and/or mysterious. My goal is to re-romanticize it, breathe in vibrancy via digital technology, and then from that create hand-made art. The finished piece is separate from a chemical, mechanical or digital photographic process, but my meticulous drawing style echoes the process of printing in its precision. I love how the computer reveals hidden details of long (or soon to be) forgotten places and people. I'm fascinated by history and by lineage. These works are like my own version of ancestor worship."