My collage-inspired paintings reveal the eeriness of the digital realm that is today and its culture of surveillance in conjunction with natural landscapes. The digital realm leaves individuals with virtually no privacy. Third party data collectors and big tech companies know more about us and our inclinations more than we do ourselves. To convey this otherworldly reality, I visually create new worlds by combining archived photographs. Then, I involve digital input, visually similar to what one might recognize as a glitch or the fuzz of a TV screen. Each new world calls attention to the necessities of today’s American lifestyle: wifi access and digital connections.
By blending and editing personal archival photographs from travels and everyday life, I mesh memories. Rather than leaving each digital collage, I take up technology’s challenge to do what it can do within seconds by manipulating acrylics, oils and spray paints to convey what I have done using technology. The vibrancy and texture of oils, the flatness of acrylics, and the haziness of spray paint; these material characteristics and their interactions with mediums threaten technology’s grip. I am reluctant to succumb to its power.
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