My art practice is centered around the digital, both in form and theme, and explores ideas around understanding and violence.
"Killing Time" is a suite of sculptures exploring themes of time, labor, neoliberalism, alienation, and violence. The sculptures are "Untitled (Watch)," a watch that functions by running a razor blade back and forth at irregular intervals, "Untitled (Computer)," a computer monitor displaying activity logs accompanied by a mouse and keyboard covered in shards of glass, and "Untitled (Phone)," a phone wrapped in barbed wire that plays alarms at irregular intervals. They are the result of an inquiry into the question of how the fantasy of physical violence can allow for an understanding of the non-visible psychic and symbolic violence within the Real of time under neoliberalism.
"Trash Issue" is a series of stills created by using digital trash as the raw material to construct recombinant images, and then using machine learning to describe those images. Over the course of a few months I saved the bytes from all of the screen shots I threw away on my computer. I then created new images from these bytes through a process similar to digital deletion, where I overwrote bytes of one image with random bytes from all the other deleted images. The resulting images were extremely broken: I would open them five different times and be shown five different images. Blocks of color would be shifted, moved around, changed. However, using a machine learning algorithm to provide descriptions of the images would return a consistent output every time, regardless of the display of the image. The images above are examples of the results of this process, in this case they are all a file that was labelled as "a television screen with a picture of a cat on it." The work is about the aesthetic and informational potential of digital waste within the context of the shifting nature of visual culture.
"Fractures" is a series of images glitched by applying sorting algorithms to the pixel data of screenshots. The sorting process is paused periodically and a screenshot of the partially sorted image is taken. The series explores the relationship between algorithms and data, and the application of algorithms to data they weren't meant to manipulate.