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Old Tricks, video projection and animations, 2018
This work reflects on gathered and held knowledge that is stored in our brains. In particular the learned experiences that then become practiced actions of maneuvering through life. I wanted to explore aspects of myself that once defined who I was, looking specifically at two skill sets that I no longer utilize or need in my current life. One of these skills is from childhood - the body maneuvering skill of getting through a barbed wire fence. The second skill, painting, is a skill that once occupied a significant part of my life.
Painting and getting through fences are two skills that I now rarely use – however I still reserve memory space for them. Memories are intrinsically connected to the body; this work also explores this relationship in different ways. Digital Art needs a device or a way for it to be experienced and seen. Data files are just data files without the hardware and software to interpret it into something visual.
Video and the use of the camera are also linked to the body. The idea of “unconscious optics” presented by Walter Benjamin in essay, Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction continues to be an influence. Unconscious optics refers to the ability of the camera to capture things that we don’t entirely intend – and that the ability to replay the moment over and over changes our perception and understanding of the moment.
These works also refer to the two ways digital visual imagery is created, raster and vector. The characteristics of raster-based imagery is shown in the painterly projections, the clean graphic qualities of vector imagery are seen in the animations.