My work explores the physicality of materials and machines through process-based techniques, and often using repetition to transform the subject matter. I am interested in the unexplored potential of common technologies, such as photocopiers and laser printers, that are created to perform a specific function. Through the experimental repurposing of these machines, I examine the unpredictable outcomes that they can produce. This approach allows for many unconventional ways each machine can produce imagery, and demonstrates the versatility of seemingly-mundane technologies.
In my recent work, The Physicality of Being Through Loss, I created stop-motion short films through hundreds of photocopies. These began with a single image that was placed upon the photocopy machine, a copy is made and subsequently copied. Each new copy disintegrates the image through excessive re-copying, and details slowly begin to be lost. The entire decomposition of the subject is played back at a controlled rate of images per minute.
Drawing from influences ranging from Bill Viola to Jessica Eaton, I look to other artists who similarly present new or alternative ways of seeing through the use of various technologies. I am inspired by culture’s relationship with technology, as well as the unpredictability of artificial intelligence. Like many of the emerging New Genres artists, I will continue to use new technologies in unconventional ways or to further explore the connection between control and chance.
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