My work investigates the relationship between our experiences in the physical world and online, by presenting viewers with digital images embodied as unique physical objects. What happens when we pay attention to how our interactions with images are mediated by the act of viewing them on screens? What are the consequences of the illusion of shared experience fostered by social media and ubiquitous cellphone cameras?
To that end, my subject matter focuses on naturally occurring phenomena that invoke or mimic the experience of looking at images on screens because they can be viewed or interpreted multiple ways. My repeated motifs include glass, mirrors, transmitted and reflected light, shadows, windows, repeated architectural patterns, and iterative “photos of photos” of previous pieces and installations. These images are embodied in prints mounted under glass or face-mounted to plexiglass, using mass-produced (but slightly non-identical) plastic document frames, and presented as installations in the physical world either alone or as part of a destabilized grid of related images. The size and reflectivity of individual components physically evokes digital devices (iPads/tablets), asking a viewer to choose how to divide their attention between the image itself and the physical world around them. At the same time, the installation as a whole mirrors how devices present multiple images simultaneously in different windows, and how our experience of each is influenced by context, inviting viewers to consider the many factors that may cause their experience of the “same” image to differ from that of others.