To touch or be touched, is an experience where one acknowledges their own tangibility. The exchange in physical contact has been a driving factor in the progress of human evolution. The perception of touch prompted the refinement of the skeletal and nervous systems, aided in the achievement of the body’s sense of consciousness. This ongoing transformation was encouraged by the enhancement of language, the use of tools and social organization by our hominid ancestors. A subsequent outcome of our adaptation has driven the modern human to become reliant on a capitalistic system created to promote efficacy and speed. My practice explores the potential of a future, where our biological and psychological makeup, is altered by the reception of touch as directly mitigated through technology.
I create digital simulations, objects, and drawings as a means to reveal the dissonant relationship between the mind and body. My wall-based works graphically illustrate the conditions and outcome of interactions. With select images, I develop printed matter unifying layers to present new entities as a records of some metamorphic event. Subjects shift in and out of representation, texture and imagined perspective. I render the landscapes of my simulations with an open source photogrammetry software. The program allows me to record 2-Dimensional space into 3-Dimensional representations in a photographic likeness. The replica produced effectively presents both the constraints and the potential of translating physical reality into a digital facsimile. Appearing as a jumbling fractured surface, the model is hollowed out for the collision to take place. I choreograph each simulation critical of the exact moment in which the incident appears to be almost palpable.
My research draws on the histories of automated sight, anthropology, object-oriented ontology, and philosophy. I address these histories through examples of situational violence, from belly flops to accidents that lead to broken bones, depicting scenes of impact and reciprocation. Sound plays a crucial role in contextualizing the repercussions. The results between the bodily contact and varying surface, transmit the viewer the emotional and physical consequences of each situation. I concentrate on how the human condition is informed by instinctual and learned behaviors. This feedback of cognitive and impassioned reactions offers guidance to make calculated decisions. The human body innately depends on the external sensations of tactility, temperature, pressure, and pain to make sense of its environment. Our surroundings, the largest record of our adaptation, is an artifact of the human experience. It is a collection of all consequence and progress.