Symbolatry is the HTML-based "atelier" (studio, workshop) of Craig Duckett, a graphic artist and technical engineer who started crafting art before there were programs like Photoshop, Flash, Dreamweaver, and Illustrator. Craig would produce images the old-fashioned way, with paper and ink, paint and brushes, pens and pencils. Today, all that has changed. In the 21st century, art can now be created and produced in a virtual environment, in a digital world devoid of camelhair refinery or pastels or pigments. Art, in every sense of the word, has become artifice, a synthetic and digitalized ideation of the mind, unfolding in virtual reality, traveling upon a network woven through binary abstraction. The Matrix has become our museum and our gallery, our library and theater, a song without voice and a picture without paint.
When the real is no longer what it used to be, nostalgia assumes its full meaning.
— Jean Baudrillard (1929 - 2007)
Although Craig has been employed in the computer and web industries for over fifteen years, he is not your typical techno-geek. He holds a Master of Arts degree in Humanities from California State University Dominguez Hills (emphasis on Literature, Philosophy, History, and Art), as well as Bachelor degrees in English and Philosophy, both from the University of Washington.
For many years Craig was something of a factotum. He has worked as a chef, a waiter, a bartender, appeared in national television commercials, and has produced original artwork and murals for Seattle-area businesses. When he has time he also writes a little fiction (see Writing).